Originally Posted by SteveBagley
Unfortunately, the BBC policy is to post everything in the 50i domain so you get 50i motion on crawlers, CGI and variable-speed motion which makes conversion to 24fps problematic.
Think the post route is still decided by each production. The final TX master is 50i - but some productions can chose to keep the graphics-clean masters in the 25p domain, allowing a separate mastering route for BD release. Think it depends on how aware the production is, who the co-production partners are, and how significant a BD release is likely to be?
Life on Mars wasn't a BBC production, and the BD release is independent of the BBC and 2 Entertain, with just a small "as seen on the BBC" logo on the packaging, and I don't think the BDs include the BBC blocks on the opening sequence (as would be required for a BBC TX)
BTW,the Life On Mars Bluray are upscaled from SD (at least according to the back fo the box).
The wording is "The features contained on these Blu-ray discs have been upscaled from their original standard definition versions". That would seem to imply what you say!
Watching them it is interesting. The opening titles look pretty HD to me, and the main episodes look much cleaner than the SD TX and DVD - but that is entirely possible with an upscale from a DigiBeta source. They don't look stunning, but I had put that down to the gritty, Super 16 look as much as anything.
They ARE 1080/24p - I should compare episode lengths between the 50i SD DVD and 24p HD BD releases to see if it is a slow-down or a straight 50i to 24p convert through a good converter. I think the former.
The closing roller looks like a bad 50i to 24p convert though...
One thing is clear - they look a lot nicer than the DVDs, and the SD 576 extras upscaled in a PS3 look much worse quality.