The Wire is in HD and Widescreen on Amazon Prime Streaming

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  1. Dec 27, 2014 #41 of 106
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I can only hope that someday they'll do a 4:3 HD blu-ray, so I can upgrade my DVDs. Which I would gladly do.

    Until then, my money stays in my pocket!

    (Well, that's not true. It just goes somewhere else...)
     
  2. Dec 27, 2014 #42 of 106
    Cainebj

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    HBO is doing a marathon on one of their stations of all 5 seasons this week with the new HD widescreen version (I think).
    Season 1 was yesterday.
    Season 2 is today starting at noon.
     
  3. Dec 27, 2014 #43 of 106
    Turtleboy

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    Yes, HBO Signature. I was going to Tivo the marathon, but then I realized that I had it all available streaming from HBO Go.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2014 #44 of 106
    waynomo

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    They do look better. More pleasant to watch, etc. I've only watched maybe 30 minutes so far.

    I am recording them all. I'm not really sure why.

    I do find myself looking at how the shots were framed. I'm surprised that some of the framing still worked in 4:3.
     
  5. Dec 27, 2014 #45 of 106
    Jim_TV

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    I never saw this when it was first on, but I set up my secondary DVR to record the whole series, so hopefully it has space for all 60 hours. I'll see when I get home from visiting family for the holiday.
     
  6. Dec 27, 2014 #46 of 106
    astrohip

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    I'm recording them all. I'd rather watch them from a TiVo recording than streaming.

    I watched the pilot yesterday. Pretty darn good, especially considering all the attendant challenges that come with a pilot episode. It moves so fast I'm not sure I know who's who yet. Ya' feel me?

    1 down, 59 to go...

    :):up:
     
  7. Dec 27, 2014 #47 of 106
    astrohip

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    waynomo

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    I ended up watching the pilot episode three or four times. It really helped with understanding who was who.

    This was due to various attempts at starting the series, but then never getting to it so starting over again after months of not watching.
     
  9. Dec 27, 2014 #49 of 106
    DevdogAZ

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    Cainebj

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    Me too - I started on HBO GO over the summer and then stopped
    I think if they are on my TiVo I will be more apt to binge watch them :)
     
  11. Dec 27, 2014 #51 of 106
    waynomo

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    Does anyone know if the sound is any different?

    We're the original 4:3 SD broadcasts in 5:1 surround?
     
  12. Dec 27, 2014 #52 of 106
    heySkippy

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    I've watched a few of the the eps from the current HBO marathon and the picture quality is pretty damned good!
     
  13. Dec 27, 2014 #53 of 106
    waynomo

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    Agreed. I think I understated that in my post.
     
  14. Dec 28, 2014 #54 of 106
    smak

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    Like others, I'm recording them. I feel like I'll watch them more often if they're on my list of programs on my DVR then if me going into HBO.

    -smak-
     
  15. Dec 28, 2014 #55 of 106
    cheesesteak

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    Season 4 is the best thing I've ever seen on tv.
     
  16. Dec 28, 2014 #56 of 106
    Howie

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    I've only ever seen Season 1 and that's been awhile back, so I just started it over again. I've only been through 2 eps so far.
     
  17. Dec 29, 2014 #57 of 106
    TAsunder

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    Had a houseguest and so we started binging on the Amazon version. Just switched to the HBO version and the picture quality is noticeably better. Crisper, better colors, etc.

    But, maybe it's just my HBO Go app for the PS3, but the camera movement is less fluid. It feels like those early 120hz LCDs where they do some weird stuff to fill between the 24fps. Or maybe it's just slightly stuttery streaming.

    I doubt this is a PS3 thing but they somehow seem to have made it more shaky cam than it was before in some of the street-level scenes.
     
  18. Dec 29, 2014 #58 of 106
    Jstkiddn

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    I've tried to watch the pilot episode about 3 times and I never make it through, but then I read stuff like this and I keep wanting to try again.
     
  19. Dec 29, 2014 #59 of 106
    DevdogAZ

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    Turn on closed captions and then read Sepinwall's recap after each episode. It's a very dense, involved show and takes a higher level of concentration than most viewers are used to. In addition, it's not a show that tells a story start to finish in each episode, so it can frequently seem like nothing is happening, but then things get paid off in later episodes.

    Bottom line: You can't judge whether you'll like the show after just the first episode. There's so much introduction to characters, storytelling style, environment, etc. that you won't really have a good idea of what's going on for 3-4 episodes, so I'd recommend buckling down and getting through that many before you make any decisions.
     
  20. Dec 29, 2014 #60 of 106
    heySkippy

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    I don't really get all the love for this show. It's okay, but not all that. I've still never watched the last half of the final season.
     

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