Why isnt FARSCAPE on Blu-ray?

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  1. Dane_Whitman

    Dane_Whitman Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    What are you talking about? Farscape looks great on dvd! The picture is sharp, the colors are vivid... It looks infinitely better than TNG and the first three seasons of DS9. I suppose you have a different set of Farscape DVD's than I have, but I find it hard to believe the difference is that big...
     
  2. RoJoHen

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    ^My DVDs look awesome as well.
     
  3. BigFoot

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    ^ Same here (I've got the Starburst Editions).
     
  4. Michael Chris

    Michael Chris Admiral Admiral

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    I have the Starburst and it is one of the worst transfers I've seen...
     
  5. RoJoHen

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    I have the original ADV release of the DVDs. I've never seen the Starburst edition in action, so I can't speak to that.
     
  6. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    The Starburst editions looked good to me. And I watched them on an upconverting DVD player set to 1080i and a 40" LCD TV.
     
  7. Kiltak

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    They don't need to do all that. It's not nearly as complicated as you think. All they will do is take it run it through some software designed to clean up and improve the picture and sound quality. They did this before when it was converted over from VHS to DVD. Now they have even better software then they did before that can convert DVD to blu-ray quality.

    Now keep in mind there is only so much they can do. Take Farscape for example, while the picture and sound quality will be a hundred times better then DVD it will not be as good as say a movie like Transformers, or a lot of shows that are now using digital cameras to shoot there shows.

    I tell you right now that if they had to redo the special effects because of the way something was shot original to get it to blu-ray they would have had the same problem with DVD. In fact a lot of the older movies and shows would never have been put on to DVD.

    Im gone give you a good example of what I'm talking about. Take the original Star Wars for example. You all remember the THX Version of Star Wars that game out in mid 90s right. What most of you don't know was that when he pulled Star Wars from the vaults he was going to do the Special edition, but the problem was the movies were degrading from sitting in vault so long. So he had to clean them up and restore the movies.

    Now Lucas being the smart person that he is through head. Now the first thing he did was restore the original film. Then he took the film and converted it over to computer. Then he used software and made even more improvements to the films, both the picture quality and sound quality. He then put them on VHS and that became what we know as the THX version, which he released to the public.

    He then set to work on doing the special edition. Then he released that to VHS, DVDs were not around at that point.

    Now eventually he did put the movies on DVD, and again he ran it through software that improved the picture quality and sound quality as well as adding in some elements to the movie. He will do the same thing when ever he gets around to putting them on blu-ray.

    The only reason or at least the main reason Farscape is not on Blu-ray, is because it makes no economical sense to do so at this point. Right now most people don't have a blu-ray. So a show like Farscape which does have a fan base, maybe not a huge one but it does have one, isn't going to sell well on Blu-ray at this moment because not enough people have them. In few years when blu-ray go way down in price and they become more common in house holds we will see shows like Farscape on Blu-ray.

    Like said I wouldn't worry about it to much, it will be released on blu-ray in a few years or so.
     
  8. Ceridwen

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    No they don't. There's conversion software to make your DVDs look better on an HDTV than they do on a SDTV, but you don't need to buy Blu-ray Discs for that. It comes in higher end DVD players these days. However, just because it looks better than SDTV quality doesn't mean it's at full HD capacity like a Blu-ray Disc. A Blu-ray Disc encodes the picture (forgive me, cuz I suck at math) at more than twice the resolution of DVD (1920x1080 vs. 720×480) and at twice the frame rate (if you've got an HDTV that can handle the higher frame rate, at least). It is IMPOSSIBLE to make the DVD image get to that point. It is even less possible to get an old video image to that point (honestly, DVD has a high enough resolution that you start to see the flaws in video, let alone something like a Blu-ray Disc).

    Edited to add: You also overestimate how easy it is to restore a film. It's often a painstaking process, and while digital tools have made it easier, not all restoration studios have access to the kinds of tools you're talking about. Even Lowry Digital (the folks who worked on the Star Wars dvds), with their breakthrough algorithms, have to go through and check each frame manually to make sure that the software is doing its job properly. When they don't, you get things like Darth Vader's neon pink lightsaber on the Return of the Jedi disc.
     
  9. Mr. Laser Beam

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    And before anybody mentions 'upconverting' standard def DVD players like they're the second coming:

    As Colonel Sherman Potter might say, 'Horse hockey!'

    Upconversion is universal. Even if your DVD player doesn't do this, your HDTV will. If they did not do this, then whenever you viewed a standard DVD on an HDTV setup, you'd just get a tiny box of image in the center of the screen surrounded by a foot of black on all sides. *Upconversion happens all the time*. And with any halfway decent HDTV, *its* upconverter will be better than any supposed 'upconverting DVD player' ever could be.

    I mean, that's exactly why I bought the specific Blu-Ray player that I did: I can DISABLE its upconverter (for standard def DVDs). I don't *want* the DVD player to upconvert, because I know my TV will be better at it. Odds are, anyone here with an HDTV will be in the same boat.
     
  10. Ceridwen

    Ceridwen Commodore Commodore

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    ^ Good point, thanks.
     
  11. amdmiami

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    I wish they would just rerelease it on DVD so I can pick it up.
    I've been dying to see the show from all the recommendations I have heard and from what I've seen it looks like something that I would enjoy.

    Is Sony ever planning on rereleasing Farscape?
     
  12. Michael Chris

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    However... most TV's upconverting technology sucks as compared to upconverting DVD players.
     
  13. Plain Simple

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    The British Amazon has them (the dvds) on sale. I just ordered my copies last week. I never bought them before, because they were ridiculously expensive. (It's region 2 PAL though, so be careful before you buy.)

    http://tinyurl.com/acyz9g
     
  14. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    I wasn't really touting the upconverting ability of the DVD player, so much as mentioning that's what I have. It is better than playing a standard DVD player through an HDTV, quality-wise.
    Setting it to 1081i makes the picture fill the 40" screen though, and at that, Farscape looked good. Obviously not as good as if it were on BluRay and had been cleaned up/remastered/whatever.
     

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