Originally Posted by HDMe2
Doesn't matter. This show was shot on film, and film has a much higher resolution (particularly 35mm and 70mm) than HD does. For a show like this which had no post-production "special effects" it should be a relatively easy transfer to HD.
Doesn't matter. Almost all shows from that era that were shot on film had their raw footage immediately transferred to video and were edited in video to save money, often on what is now crude composite equipment. The raw film, if it wasn't discarded immediately to save storage costs, would have to be reorganized and completely reedited from scratch to be converted to HD, a major expensive undertaking.
The last show to be editted on film was Murder She Wrote in 1995 and that was only because the show had one more season left. Old shows that have been aired in restored HD (The Equilizer, Hogan's Heros, Knight Rider, the Miami Vice pilot, and so on) were from the era before shows were edited on video to save money.
The only question is was it framed purely for 4:3 (in which case 16x9 would either have to be zoomed OR some things that were not intended to be seen like boom mikes or other production equipment would have to be digitally edited out).
If the show was shot in 4:3, how could boom mikes be visible if it were zoomed? You're removing things from the frame, not adding them.
Either way, could require a little work, but the end quality would be the same HD as if it had been shot with an HD camera.
Yes, but I doubt that has happened with Law and Order. TNT-HD is well known for shamelessly stretching damn near anything that doesn't fall in their lap in HD.
The few shows from the video-editing era that have their film restored (Seinfeld, Cheers) required much more than "a little work". They were major expensive projects intended for new DVD releases, not for HD cable channels. I have not read of Law and Order being one of these restoration projects.