Since I already own the Specials plus Series 5+6 on BD I wonder whether there will be an option to get Series 1-4 separately (be it each series on its own or a series 1-4 boxed set)...
While I am sooooo glad the entire show will be finally available in HD, I kind of feel reminded of that 007 rip-off last year (50th anniversary tradition?)... First we get only the box set with the missing films on BD and a couple of months later the rest of the films were released separately. I don't want to go down that road again... Once branded twice shy...
So does anyone know any details about potential seperate releases for the missing series?
There are reports that they will be available separately, but remember Series 1-4 are not full HD, they were shot in SD so will be upscaled for this set. So if you own the DVDs I wouldn't be overly concerned about this set, because the Blu-rays won't look much better.
Thanks a lot for your answers. Yes, I know the first four series hadn't been filmed in HD back then but a professionally upscaled version is still a lot better than any DVD could do on a very big screen. I know it's not supposed to be a perfect HD image but any improvement is welcome.
As far as I know Farscape was shot in SD also and upscaled for the BD version which looks absolutely stunning for such a niche TV production. So yeah, looking forward to the seperate release of series 1-4 next spring or something.
I know this discussion ended ages ago, but seasons 1 through 4 were not filmed in standard definition. They were filmed on FILM which means they're much higher resolution than 1080p. However, the effects were done in standard definition. The blu-rays of seasons 1 through 4 are remastered with the effects shots touched up but not completely redone for those seasons. Don't expect perfect quality, though. They didn't go through with the original material and redo all the effects shots. I own the discs. They're not simply upscaled DVDs although some frames probably are. The blu-rays in this set are likely the best quality you can find of seasons one through four at the moment unfortunately.
series 1-4 can be brought from Australia separately , I emailed them and after some checking they say the local content is sourced from BBC UK , so not sure if they are edited or have any footage missing
I know this is a late reply, but this post is full of incorrect information, so I just feel I ought to correct you.
Series 1-4 were NOT shot on film, they were shot digitally at 576i resolution using Betacam cameras, only model shots for Series 1 were shot on film, so everything from Rose - The Next Doctor exists as a Standard Definition source. If Series 1-4 were shot on film then why didn't they remaster them for this set and why was The Next Doctor upscaled for The Complete Specials box set, even if the visual effects were done in SD? Because Star Trek: Enterprise exists that way for its first few seasons (shot on film, but visual effects done in SD) and they've been released on Blu-ray, just with the visual effects upscaled, everything else is full 1080p HD and shot on film.
What you are watching on those Blu-ray discs is upscaled content, not film, and its the best they're going to look.
I know this may come across as harsh, but I seen at least 6 people say Series 1-4 were shot on film and I can understand where they've got this information from, because I've never seen anyone say it before this set was announced.