Re: Do PAL DVDs have the 4% speedup on NTSC equipment?
yes, if it's a feature film, or US shot-on-film TV show and it's in PAL, then it will play 4% faster no matter whether you're watching it in PAL (which is preferable) or as an NTSC conversion, unless it is one of the rare "pitch-corrected" titles (I think some of the Lord of the Rings movies were released that way).
It should be said, however, that the 4% speed-up only applies to the above "from film" types of productions. Shows which were produced on/broadcast from videotape (whether for the US or UK market) will not be affected by 4% speedup, such as Doctor Who, British comedies, etc.
So, just being a PAL disc doesn't necessarily equal 4% speedup. Only if transferred to PAL from 24fps film elements.
Further to all the above, some things which are shot-on-film for British television are produced natively on 25fps film, so if those productions are distributed at 24fps (either on NTSC DVD or on Blu-Rays), they'd actually be exhibiting a 4% slowdown. I think the Blu-Ray version of TV series Life on Mars is one such example, if I recall correctly.
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