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Initial post: 10 Sep 2013 20:25:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Sep 2013 20:26:25 BDT
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?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2013 06:36:15 BDT
J. Martin says:
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.

Posted on 11 Sep 2013 15:58:34 BDT
They'll be sure to be releasing them separate. After all, there's not a lot left in the Classic adventures left to release on DVD now... XD

Posted on 14 Sep 2013 11:22:21 BDT
D. Forbes says:
Just so you know, Series 1-4 will only be upscaled to HD as the show wasn't filmed to be put in HD, only the 2009 specials and Series 5-7 were actually filmed in HD.

Posted on 14 Sep 2013 12:29:28 BDT
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.

Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2013 15:37:35 BDT
Remco says:
What is your source? I 'hear' people talking about wanting separate series releases, but that's hardly a report.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2013 17:18:06 BDT
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Posted on 26 Oct 2013 17:01:51 BDT
Kelvin says:
They haven't been upscaled they had been remastered at 1080p.

Posted on 27 Oct 2013 08:18:10 GMT
I would buy them on Blu-ray as I don't own series 1-4 on DVD and own the later blu-ray sets.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2013 21:00:59 GMT
That's impossible as they were filmed in standard definition.

Posted on 2 Jan 2014 21:40:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jan 2014 22:07:01 GMT
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.

Posted on 3 Jan 2014 15:11:40 GMT
S. Nolan says:
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

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2014 21:36:05 GMT
Probably not, but the fun thing is we share the same blu ray region code as Australia, so blu rays from there will 100% work on any UK Blu Ray player or PS3/PS4/XBONE. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2014 10:59:46 GMT
M. R. Heath says:
Can you state where from? My only link for sales in Australia do not list them (

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2014 15:41:42 GMT
I usually buy my Australian Blus from here.

They have the sets in stock. Failing that, try ebay (Both the UK and AU ones). ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 07:20:52 GMT
J. Martin says:
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.
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