If Space Pirates were to be completed, or a couple more episodes were recovered, it’d make a BluRay release much easier👍
Hacker: You said you'd heard this rumour, I said is it true, you said yes! Bernard: I said yes, it was true that it was a rumour. Hacker: You said you heard it was true! Bernard: No, I said it was true that I heard it!
When can we expect an update? Need some good news, as having a torrid time with missing-Who lately. I got the Season 10 Blu-ray reissue yesterday, and all the Planet of the Daleks extermination FX have wiped from it, consigned to the landfill it seems. Sending the box back tomorrow, hoping to have better luck with the first issue Blu-ray having them at £80-£100 a pop on eBay. Pausing my viewing to refer to those shots on YouTube meanwhile
If (at this stage still a big if) off-air video of the missing Space Pirates and Invasion episodes are found in the Melbourne stash, technically they'd be reel to reel video recordings of 625 line broadcasts from 16mm film telerecordings. Even if Melbourne Man used the best equipment available for private purchase, they'd be below "broadcast quality". In other words, a bit fuzzy. But they might be good enough after restoration to make watchable extras on future DVD releases of Season Six. Like the domestic format recording of "Secrets" by Palin and Jones that they included as an extra on the Ripping Yarns DVD set. BluRay wouldn't help unless a programme was made on film. Unlike film, 625 line video can't have high definition extracted from it.
I think Aron has said that Melbourne Man's *audio* recordings look to be *massive* - so, if nothing else, as a result of Melbourne Man, we will now have soundtracks for a LOT of missing TV and radio that was shown and heard in Australia. (and Oz originated missing ones, too)
A complete Troughton season would be wonderful! I'd like to see Space Pirates again even if the vision isn't very good, but if we just get good quality audio for this serial, it will be an improvement. And there's this big gap in Australian TV history from about 1972 to 1980, when TV channels stopped transferring local shows to 16mm film for distribution but very few people have home video recorders.
In the Eighties I had a Sony VO-2600 U-Matic recorder, bought for $30 at a Government auction. But it was only Low-Band, with not much better vision than VHS, and it weighed a ton. It didn't seem worth keeping. Which means I'm left with three big U-Matic tapes that I can't watch at all. These days, functioning machines are very expensive to buy even though very few people use them. But not as expensive as they were new!
In the Eighties I had a Sony VO-2600 U-Matic recorder, bought for $30 at a Government auction. But it was only Low-Band, with not much better vision than VHS, and it weighed a ton. It didn't seem work keeping. Which means I'm left with three big U-Matic tapes that I can't watch at all. These days, functioning machines are very expensive to buy even though very few people use them. But not as expensive as they were new!
That must have been a really good deal...!
There are enough people who can still play them, if there's anything really interesting on your tapes.
AFAIK the recordings are productions I worked on, and most of them are shorts made by film students, but I think there's a couple of early 80s children's programmes from ABC Perth there. I didn't bother to label the tapes properly. I'm set up to play VHS again, so once I've checked through those, I'll get a quote for copying the U-Matics.
(Apologies for an off-topic aside for Australian members, but one of the U-Matic tapes is "Here In The West - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre", from 1984. I think I have a couple more episodes of HITW on VHS, including the Dalek one. HITW was a children's magazine programme hosted by Peter Holland, if you haven't heard of it.)