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3.0 out of 5 stars Why has PAL source been converted to 60Hz frame rate?, 3 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
This was a UK video recorded concert, therefore almost certainly shot on PAL at 50Hz interlaced. So why has it been converted to 1080i 60Hz on blu ray? I would have preferred 576i 50Hz on the blu ray and let my player or my TV upscale it, they're both perfectly capable of doing that. Second best would have been 1080i 50Hz ie. leave the frame rate alone and just upscale the picture.

So given this frame rate conversion, is the pitch of the audio completely correct? I decided to buy the PAL DVD copy to check this, only to discover that there isn't one. The DVD copy is NTSC only (region 2 NTSC at that, weird?) so would be no different for frame rate problems.

This was shot in PAL. Give us a PAL copy and stop messing around with the frame rate.

Also why is the 5.1 audio lossy DTS HR? This should have been DTS HD MA lossless.

3 out of 5 due to gaining points for preserving the original 4:3 aspect ratio, at least it wasn't butchered to widescreen.
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Initial post: 5 Sep 2013 01:32:57 BDT
Maybe it's just as well that the North American Blu-Ray release is in limbo. I'm one of perhaps a hundred or so people in North America with the special equipment to play Uk PAL Laserdiscs, and I have the UK 2-Laserdisc set....which I long ago transferred to PAL DVD-R(As I did with all of my PAL Laserdiscs & VHS tapes). I then play my PAL DVD-R's on an Oppo Blu-Ray player, which upconverts them to U.S.A. HDTV. The negative reviews of the Blu-Ray have me questioning whether there is any reason to buy the Blu-Ray disc. People in North America may never have the chance. The remaining members of Queen should do give this material the high quality treatment it deserves.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2013 10:20:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Sep 2013 10:21:23 BDT
Owen Smith says:
A lot of people are complaining about the content ie. why isn't it the full concert as broadcast on TV. I suspect your laserdiscs have exactly the same content as the blu ray, because that's what they have the rights to show. Some artists didn't like their performances and refused permission to use them, there is nothing Queen Productions can do about that.

Others have complained that it isn't in widescreen, whereas I see that as a good thing. It was shot in 4:3 and should be shown in 4:3.

If I could be certain the audio pitch and video speed of playback are correct I would increase my rating of this to 5 out of 5, the video and audio quality are excellent considering the source.
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