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Title: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 08 Jun 2013 - 11:15
From the Network site...

You think you know The Professionals? You may well believe that. Ever since it crashed on to our screens in December 1977 it has been almost ever-present in our televisual lives – either on air or via some home video format where it has sold in droves.

No matter when or how you saw it, Bodie and Doyle sit alongside Regan and Carter at the pinnacle of the gritty street drama of the time – drama which required a certain and unique film production approach to achieve and which, in turn, broke new ground for the shows that followed years and decades later. Ask director Martin Campbell. Oh, and, as part of our treatment of the show, we are.

So why have Network taken the reins of such an over-exposed series all these years later when, even as this is written, it is being shown on satellite? Quite simply, the pictures you are watching now and, in fact, those which you have always seen, are, in essence, revamps of the pictures first seen in 1978. It is one of the last filmed series that has never been through any kind of credible restoration process from its original film elements, so we are rising to that challenge and giving fans something truly different whilst introducing the series to a new generation.

We have already commissioned a host of new special features for these releases, including production notes, previously unseen material and a thorough history of the series with contributions from those who made it what it is.

The highlight of these new releases, though, is the restoration work currently underway. With unprecedented access to the original film materials the entire series is undergoing a transformation from the gritty (here in an entirely negative sense), smudgy and scratchy images that everyone has always seen on tv, video or disc into something in High Definition that looks like it was filmed last week; a Professionals fit for the 21st century. If you don’t believe what is achievable, take a look at this and the more detailed comparison frame grabs below...


Head over to the site to see a video of the HD test master AT THIS LINK (http://networkonair.com/features/2013/06/02/the-professionals/?utm_source=Network+ON+AIR&utm_campaign=f53e86bfcf-The_Professionals5_31_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_154f425df9-f53e86bfcf-13150341)

 :P ;)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 08 Jun 2013 - 13:51
Can't wait. In the meantime, where's series two of The Sweeney!?
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Funktion on 08 Jun 2013 - 14:33
Looking forward to it.  ::)

I would kill for HD releases of The Avengers. Diana Rigg in HD...  8)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 24 Jan 2014 - 17:28
(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/Spara3/professionals-the-mk-i.jpg)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 24 Jan 2014 - 17:38
Noticed this after posting the pic above:

Alongside the standard BluRay and DVD releases The Professionals: Mk I is also available as a numbered, limited edition, deluxe box set. It features different artwork throughout all the physical assets including the outer box, Andrew Pixley's exhaustive history of the first thirteen episodes and the disc on-bodies.

A highlight is a separate art gallery book which features 200 mostly unpublished stills from the first filming block. Reproduced on high quality 150g matt art paper these images are not available anywhere else including the stills gallery featured on the discs and they will not be licensed for use externally.   

There will be just 2500 sets available worldwide and each set is numbered. This stunning piece of Professionals merchandise will be available exclusively from the Networkonair website from June and further details, including how to pre-order, will be available soon.   - See more at: http://networkonair.com/shop/1863-professionals-the-mk-i-deluxe-edition-5027626706548.html#sthash.C9UtmgKi.dpuf (http://networkonair.com/shop/1863-professionals-the-mk-i-deluxe-edition-5027626706548.html#sthash.C9UtmgKi.dpuf)


(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/professionals-the-mk-i-deluxe-edition.jpg)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 24 Jan 2014 - 19:42
FUCKING YES!!  :P
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 24 Jan 2014 - 19:50
FUCKING YES!!  :P
::)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Vito Cipriani on 24 Jan 2014 - 21:28
Noticed this after posting the pic above:

Alongside the standard BluRay and DVD releases The Professionals: Mk I is also available as a numbered, limited edition, deluxe box set. It features different artwork throughout all the physical assets including the outer box, Andrew Pixley's exhaustive history of the first thirteen episodes and the disc on-bodies.

A highlight is a separate art gallery book which features 200 mostly unpublished stills from the first filming block. Reproduced on high quality 150g matt art paper these images are not available anywhere else including the stills gallery featured on the discs and they will not be licensed for use externally.   

There will be just 2500 sets available worldwide and each set is numbered. This stunning piece of Professionals merchandise will be available exclusively from the Networkonair website from June and further details, including how to pre-order, will be available soon.   - See more at: [url]http://networkonair.com/shop/1863-professionals-the-mk-i-deluxe-edition-5027626706548.html#sthash.C9UtmgKi.dpuf[/url] ([url]http://networkonair.com/shop/1863-professionals-the-mk-i-deluxe-edition-5027626706548.html#sthash.C9UtmgKi.dpuf[/url])


([url]http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/professionals-the-mk-i-deluxe-edition.jpg[/url])

I shall most definitely be having one of those!!!!  ;) The release date is just before my birthday; if I can't persuade someone to buy me it as a present, I shall splash out myself.

I'm giddy as a schoolboy about this release  :-\
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 24 Jan 2014 - 23:33
Don't forget Bob's book...

http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?topic=3077.0 (http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?topic=3077.0)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Hellochas on 26 Jan 2014 - 16:06
Get in! Shame Lewis Collins isn't around to enjoy watching these in HD.
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Scyther on 26 Jan 2014 - 16:56
I'm only familiar with Laurie Johnson's music from the series. I do love The Sweeney, however, so I might have to invest!  ::)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: gnorthcott on 26 Jan 2014 - 19:40
The limited edition set will not be released until a good couple months after the standard set, normally I would be all over the ltd set but I don't really want to wait that long. Is this kind of staggered ltd/standard release normal practice for network?
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 26 Jan 2014 - 21:02
The limited edition set will not be released until a good couple months after the standard set, normally I would be all over the ltd set but I don't really want to wait that long. Is this kind of staggered ltd/standard release normal practice for network?
I'm gonna be patient and wait myself, I'd only buy the regular edition telling myself that will do and end up shelling out again for the limited one.
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Russell22 on 27 Jan 2014 - 11:26
Those cunts over at Network never did release the second series of Space 1999 on blu ray - still waiting :D
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Hellochas on 28 Jan 2014 - 13:36
I think we must remember that blu-raying a whole TV series takes much longer time and is more expensive than doing a feature film. I can wait for the limited edition.
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 12 Mar 2014 - 18:32
The standard Blu-ray set is up for pre-order for just £25 at Amazon.co.uk, release date March 31st...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Professionals-Mk-I-Blu-ray/dp/B00HZH8RVA/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Professionals-Mk-I-Blu-ray/dp/B00HZH8RVA/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 12 Mar 2014 - 21:24
The standard Blu-ray set is up for pre-order for just £25 at Amazon.co.uk, release date March 31st...

[url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Professionals-Mk-I-Blu-ray/dp/B00HZH8RVA/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Professionals-Mk-I-Blu-ray/dp/B00HZH8RVA/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t[/url])
Good price, but I'm going to hang on for this, I just feel like it's got to be done  :-\


(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/professionals-the-mk-i-deluxe-edition.jpg)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 12 Mar 2014 - 21:27
The standard Blu-ray set is up for pre-order for just £25 at Amazon.co.uk, release date March 31st...

[url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Professionals-Mk-I-Blu-ray/dp/B00HZH8RVA/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Professionals-Mk-I-Blu-ray/dp/B00HZH8RVA/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t[/url])
Good price, but I'm going to hang on for this, I just feel like it's got to be done  :-


([url]http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/professionals-the-mk-i-deluxe-edition.jpg[/url])


I hear you mate! I'm itching to get the Blus but I MUST RESIST!
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 10 Apr 2014 - 11:15
Anyone picked this up yet?
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 10 Apr 2014 - 11:17
Colourist Jonathan Wood, part of BBC Studios and Post Production’s Digital Media Services team, talks through the restoration work carried out for our  Blu-ray release of the first series of the iconic British crime-action drama The Professionals.

http://networkonair.com/features/2014/03/21/a-professional-restoration/ (http://networkonair.com/features/2014/03/21/a-professional-restoration/)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: gnorthcott on 10 Apr 2014 - 21:04
I can't remember where but I'm sure I read that buried in an interview/extra somewhere on the discs is a snippet about how the other series were restored at the same time.... so hopefully that means we won't be waiting too long for the next set

I'll be putting in the order any day now, just waiting for some funds to clear
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 23 Jul 2014 - 19:56
No one picked this up yet? I'm going to buy it later this week

Edit : just noticed Blu ray boxset 2 is out in September!
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: demented_uk on 23 Jul 2014 - 20:21
I really want it, but am waiting for the inevitable complete box set.
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 23 Jul 2014 - 21:01
No one picked this up yet? I'm going to buy it later this week

Edit : just noticed Blu ray boxset 2 is out in September!
I'm wanting the nicer one maybe.


Where the fuck is series two of The Sweeney!?!?
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 23 Jul 2014 - 21:02
No one picked this up yet? I'm going to buy it later this week

Edit : just noticed Blu ray boxset 2 is out in September!
I'm wanting the nicer one maybe.


Where the fuck is series two of The Sweeney!?!?

Can't seem to find the nicer boxset anywhere?
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 23 Jul 2014 - 21:03
No one picked this up yet? I'm going to buy it later this week

Edit : just noticed Blu ray boxset 2 is out in September!
I'm wanting the nicer one maybe.


Where the fuck is series two of The Sweeney!?!?

Can't seem to find the nicer boxset anywhere?
They've put the release date back, can't remember when though, I'll take a look.
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 23 Jul 2014 - 21:06
No one picked this up yet? I'm going to buy it later this week

Edit : just noticed Blu ray boxset 2 is out in September!
I'm wanting the nicer one maybe.


Where the fuck is series two of The Sweeney!?!?

Can't seem to find the nicer boxset anywhere?
They've put the release date back, can't remember when though, I'll take a look.
Do you think they may have cancelled it? It's not on Network's site as a future release at all now, nor amazon. Might just grab the regular one then.
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 23 Jul 2014 - 21:08
No one picked this up yet? I'm going to buy it later this week

Edit : just noticed Blu ray boxset 2 is out in September!
I'm wanting the nicer one maybe.


Where the fuck is series two of The Sweeney!?!?

Can't seem to find the nicer boxset anywhere?
They've put the release date back, can't remember when though, I'll take a look.
Do you think they may have cancelled it? It's not on Network's site as a future release at all now, nor amazon. Might just grab the regular one then.

Could be, it was supposed to be out in June? No sign of it anywhere when I Google it now
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 25 Jul 2014 - 17:08
Arrived this morning, didn't realise it came with a proper book. It covers each episode detailing all manner of interesting stuff.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/26/a2a6y6e8.jpg)
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 25 Jul 2014 - 19:48
Just watching the first episode now, picture quality is incredible. The only thing I can compare it to is QUATERMASS AND THE PIT which is the best vintage (ie old film from before the 80's) Blu ray I've seen so far. It's mint.
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Graham on 27 Sep 2014 - 11:18
Network is having a 40% off crime sale at the moment. Series 1 of this on blu is £16 something. Will probably grab myself a copy.
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Jonny on 27 Sep 2014 - 20:51
Network is having a 40% off crime sale at the moment. Series 1 of this on blu is £16 something. Will probably grab myself a copy.


If you don't you're an idiot
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: demented_uk on 27 Sep 2014 - 21:25
Couldn't refuse at that price.
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Graham on 28 Sep 2014 - 09:21

Network is having a 40% off crime sale at the moment. Series 1 of this on blu is £16 something. Will probably grab myself a copy.


If you don't you're an idiot
I ordered a copy. Just overspent this month after last weekend's Arrow sale.

Now to see if The Professionals stands up as well as The Sweeney (I doubt it, but can't wait to jump in).
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 04 Feb 2015 - 00:06
Those cunts over at Network never did release the second series of Space 1999 on blu ray - still waiting :D
End of the year they reckon now.
Title: Re: The Professionals (1977-83)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 04 Feb 2015 - 00:06
End of March  ::)

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