Harry wrote: ↑Tue 01 Aug 2023, 11:54 amMy point isn't really about the existence/lack of HD masters though.Oznerol wrote: ↑Sat 29 Jul 2023, 9:06 pm
There is a huge misundertanding among people who believe that all the music videos of the 80's ever existed in some kind of HD masters. Even IF some of them were ever recorded on film (a thing that was not very common. because it was more expensive) 99% of them were EDITED on SD video, so that means that final HD masters of the videos never existed, and never will
I'm sure you're right about music videos being edited on SD video, but my issue with the SMASH Blu-ray is how badly these SD videos are presented, and how clumsy it is to pass SD content through an upscaling process in the way that they have. I don't expect "So hard" and "Domino dancing" to look like "Always on my mind". But, it is very possible, with a limited budget, to do much better.
An example is the Doctor Who Collection Blu-rays, which have been coming out at a rate of three seasons a year since 2018, presenting archive seasons of the show where each episode is a mix of studio shot on video and location shot on film, as was usually the case with British TV until the 1990s. The quality of the remastering, done by a guy called Peter Crocker, is superlative. In many cases the film elements are long gone and all that exist are SD broadcast masters, telerecordings, and various other badly archived sources. They present the episodes in the best possible quality using the full potential of the Blu-ray format, and do not try to falsely "upscale" them to something they have never been. They look as good as if you were watching a brand new broadcast master.
I do think the issue with SMASH is a Parlophone problem. Look at what they have done to "upscale" David Bowie's appearance on the Old Grey Whistle Test, which was shot on video in a TV studio (like Doctor Who) and used to look perfectly good, now it looks like badly rendered CGI: https://youtu.be/IBgU0tiLy2s
It is interesting that Discovery was presented in SD on DVD. Perhaps Parlophone had a go at upscaling it and the results were awful. Somebody looked at the picture quality so I am surprised that they have released SMASH as it is. It's a real shame.
If anyone is still not sure what those of use banging on about bad upscaling mean, have a look at the bridge and the buildings in "So hard" at 00:29: https://youtu.be/6iv8LXZeNTE
You are right on that. There are some examples of original SD stuff tranfered to HD with impressive results, like all the Top Of The Pops presentations recently aired again...really impressive..but I think it all depends really on the quality of that original SD footage. It seems that masters of this quality are not available for everything, sadly...it´s not "all" in the hnads of the person who make the job..altough, in bad hands, you can destroy the quality. I agree that the job done on some PSB videos is terrible.. For many videos, my PopArt DVD looks better in the same TV, than the Smash versions...