domino harvey wrote:
is there a way to include PAL and NTSC versions of the bonus material,
Arent all PAL TVs capable of handling NTSC material?
No, but the vast majority are. I seem to remember Nick telling me that the number of complaints they've had from UK customers who've failed to play one of MoC's NTSC DVDs is in the low single figures.
Also, European Blu-ray players seem to be able to handle NTSC just fine (I imagine all European hi-def tellies can too), so it makes sense to include SD extras in that format if you can't go HD throughout. To maximise compatibility, I think all BFI Blu-rays to date have been 1080p across the board (either that or a second supplementary PAL DVD), though presumably this can't go on for ever as some extras just won't be available in HD.
Isn't that why MoC have done NTSC DVDs in the past? I don't understand why more European DVD companies do that. Instead they release messy NTSC to PAL ghosted work....
NTSC is pretty much universal in the world of classical music DVDs. I suspect PAL pitch-shift issues play a part in this, but since the US and Japanese markets are significantly bigger than the European one, that's probably the major factor. Unfortunately, this has led to dreadful releases like Philips' travesty of the Tarkovsky Boris Godunov
- a poor-quality PAL-to-NTSC conversion that looks horrendous even on my laptop. (The sound is fine, to be fair, but the picture definitely isn't!).
I actually have a DVD that has both PAL and NTSC options, Bjork's Greatest Hits.
On the same disc? I assume it would be technically possible, though I note that Apple's DVD Studio Pro software insists on one or the other for the entire encode.