From my dealings with Tom, he has said that he always tries to get PAL releases for DVDs, but it's ultimately a record company decision, so out of his hands.
As the Kim Wilde DVDs are on Cherry Red, I'd say there is more likelihood of them being PAL, given that the Samantha Fox one was too. The Bananarama re-issues were through Demon, not Cherry Red, and Demon also stupidly released the Transvision Vamp DVD (as part of their imaginatively-titled 'I Want Your Love' set released on CD/DVD last year) in NTSC, when they had almost no North American success.
But, Jason, I reckon the Kim DVDs are going to be 16:9, just like the Sam Fox DVD was. I agree that it shouldn't be like this, but if you view it on a widescreen TV or monitor, it will look normal. It's only when you view such things on 4:3 TVs that they look postage-stamped with black borders all around the picture. The worst would be for the DVDs to be NTSC AND 16:9, like the Transvision Vamp one.
How exactly is an original 4:3 clip reformatted to 16:9? Personally I'm not a fan of reformatting old TV shows or videos into wide screen. Watching old Star Trek episodes in 16:9 would feel wrong
Thanks Nathan very informative
Teh Cyndi lauper current DVD which I was SOOOO excited to get is 4.3 = letterbox with the box around the picture. It's just S H I T !
It looked like 4.3 with a box around it. Anyhow, the Cyndi Lauper DVD is ruined. I shouldn't have bought it.
Assuming it's a best of Cyndi Lauper DVD, i'd stick with the rage special from August 2004. I have it in 4:3 and amazing sound!
I have "Select" and "Catch As Catch Can" and the videos are 4:3, even " View From A Bridge" is 4:3 letterbox.