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Restored Space: 1999 on Blu-ray

Posted July 25, 2010 06:44 AM by Juan Calonge

Blu-ray MoviesDuring the San Diego Comic-Con, it has been revealed that A&E Home Entertainment will release Space: 1999 - Season 1 on Blu-ray on November 2. No technical details are available, other than it will be a "complete, uncut and restored in high definition" release, in pillarboxed 1.33:1 video.

The series, originally shot on 35mm film, was restored BBC studios, which posted a detailed description of the work done. The telecine was done from a new interpositive. Even with the new film elements, a great deal of grading was still occasionally required.

Dust and scratches have been removed in two stages. The first process is automatic, but the BBC emphasizes that it is important not to have it "too high"; otherwise, "an unnaturally flat and 'plastic' looking smeary image can result." In the second stage, the Digital clean-up team, armed with pen and tablet, painstakingly removes remaining defects and areas of larger damage.

Also, the opening titles were rebuilt from the best available materials in HD.

As to audio, the current video tape masters exhibited a highly variable sound quality between episodes, with peak distortion, crackle, print-through, wow and other problems. Extra audio elements were shipped over from the US.


Source: The Digital Bits | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (18 comments)



coolkev1701
  Jul 25, 2010
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Awesome! I'm really looking forward to picking this up when it comes out.

punking
  Jul 25, 2010
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"The BBC emphasizes that it is important not to have it "too high"; otherwise, "an unnaturally flat and 'plastic' looking smeary image can result."

If only certain film studios realized this it would save a lot of money, time, and pain.

Kaminari
  Jul 25, 2010
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\(T_T)/

AKORIS
  Jul 25, 2010
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I wish it wasn't so expensive!! I will buy it but I'll have to wait for one of those "Black Friday" deals or something..
mfraser
  Jul 25, 2010
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What is the point in putting old 4:3 stuff on blu-ray pillar boxed?
NMJack
  Jul 25, 2010
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How else would you do it???
Russell22
  Jul 25, 2010
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Great show though some ep in season 1 are a bit slow. Hopefully season 2 will come out soon. Carlton DVD/Video in the uk already delivered a brilliant remastered pic on DVD a few yrs back. Her's hoping this will be even better.

bboisvert
  Jul 25, 2010
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"What is the point in putting old 4:3 stuff on blu-ray pillar boxed?"
The point would be to show it in the proper aspect ratio. What's your alternative?


@Russell22 - Did Carlton every put out S2 in the UK (on DVD)? I picked up S1 ages ago... but I don't remember them releasing the 2nd season.

Lincoln6Echo
  Jul 25, 2010
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"What is the point in putting old 4:3 stuff on blu-ray pillar boxed?"

As others have said...how else would you do it?

HD has nothing to do with screen format. HD has to do with horizontal resolution.

The original Star Trek series is on Blu in 4:3 pillar-boxed format.

dmarvin
  Jul 25, 2010
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Between this and the Twilight Zone, I hope classic TV does well on BD. Series like this and TZ have great potential. Props to companies like Image and A&E for believing that classic TV shows other than Star Trek: TOS have devoted fanbases!
hendersd
  Jul 26, 2010
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The Avengers, please.
Russell22
  Jul 26, 2010
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bboisvert


Yes Carlton did release Season 2 on DVd a few yrs back in a newly remastered print with special features. Sound was only stereo though not 5.1
OA1967
  Jul 26, 2010
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This information about the audio is taken from the BBC website article which was done from a longer restoration article that BBC's Jonathan Wood (the telecine operator who did the HD transfers) wrote for the UK DVD release 5 years ago. This release used SD conversions from the HD masters and the audio elements mentioned. There is still a great deal of variable sound quality between episodes, even though the quality was significantly improved.

Atreyu
  Jul 26, 2010
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Would be nice, but the hefty price tag says no for me.

SpenceJT
  Jul 26, 2010
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I'll wait until the "Megaset" release of the entire series hits Blu-ray, and shows up on Amazon as was done with The Prisoner.

Blu-Jawa
  Jul 27, 2010
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this is cool. the UK's Version of Star Trek ... kinda. now if Uni & T.L. would release 6M$M and BW in HD on Blu-Ray that would make my year.

shakeyspear
  Jul 27, 2010
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A classic sci-fi series and will definitely be buying! Having seen the two HD eps (Black Sun/War Games) available on the net though, I personally wouldn't mind having the 16:9 versions either as I didn't think they looked bad at all the way they were framed but 4:3 pillar-boxed still IS the way they should be released primarily without a doubt.

audioquest
  Jul 27, 2010
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The first season of this show was pretty spectacular for an early to mid seventies production. Sprawling sets, moody lighting, excellent soundtracks all due to a massive budget at the time. Some of the sci-fi elements were far fetched, but it was like nothing else on TV at the time. The first season still holds up well today. The second season was a completely different story as Fred Frieberger (the guy who killed Star Trek in its third season) took over and completely butchered the show.

Hopefully these Blu-rays will look even better than the excellent Granada/Network Region 2 DVDs released back in 2006.


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