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    Master copy beta tapes

    I found these on ebay and was wondering how valuable they really are and do they potentially have better quality than DVD releases, original speed and smooth transitions when camera is moving?
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/She-Ra-Prin...item3afce92533
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/She-Ra-Prin...8AAOSw3fZaBPN5
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/She-Ra-Prin...4AAOSwehZaBPQ6
    This person also sells He-man tapes which are "not for air" which makes me especially curious what kind of differences these episodes might have.
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    The one's marked as PAL are the ones that interest me, but after checking on the seller's postage details, they don't ship internationally, which is a really bummer

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    That is a cool find!
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    I'd be intrigued to see the content of these.
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    It seems that a lot of masters have been sold already.
    Just 2 examples of film reels:
    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthoped...svd-1890860209
    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthoped...-48-1890687582
    I'm afraid that if someone finally decides to release remastered stuff on Blu-ray, all the masters will be gone...
    What do you guys think?
    Are these masters the same that were seen by James Eatock?
    Also does anybody know if POP exists in stereo format somewhere?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris85 View Post
    It seems that a lot of masters have been sold already.
    Just 2 examples of film reels:
    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthoped...svd-1890860209
    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthoped...-48-1890687582
    I'm afraid that if someone finally decides to release remastered stuff on Blu-ray, all the masters will be gone...
    What do you guys think?
    Are these masters the same that were seen by James Eatock?
    Also does anybody know if POP exists in stereo format somewhere?
    These are different from ones James saw (BTW, he obtained some of the eBay ones ).
    Only SOTS has a stereo mix. All eps of POP and MOTU have been done in mono. (Albeit, if original audio elements have been preserved, a stereo mix could be made. This was done when Star Trek TAS was remastered)

    Doubtful these would have any effect on potential bluray release. All the stuff necessary for it should be safe in a UK warehouse.

    As for the not-for-air ones - they're probably master copies that served for making other copies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimbot View Post
    These are different from ones James saw (BTW, he obtained some of the eBay ones ).
    Only SOTS has a stereo mix. All eps of POP and MOTU have been done in mono. (Albeit, if original audio elements have been preserved, a stereo mix could be made. This was done when Star Trek TAS was remastered)

    Doubtful these would have any effect on potential bluray release. All the stuff necessary for it should be safe in a UK warehouse.

    As for the not-for-air ones - they're probably master copies that served for making other copies.
    Thank you so much for this information!! Mysteries were solved :-)

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