The Wire is in HD and Widescreen on Amazon Prime Streaming

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  1. Dec 29, 2014 #61 of 106
    Cainebj

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    I said the same thing. I'm still not sure since I haven't gotten that far but I do remember watching the first few episodes and thinking "I don't get it" - all the love that is...

    But binge watching? Somewhere after 4 or 5 episodes it becomes addictive.

    p.s. I don't know what they did to it but I agree it looks great on HBO Signature.
     
  2. Dec 29, 2014 #62 of 106
    astrohip

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    {pulling my eyeballs away from the TV long enough to post this...}

    I've made it thru 11 episodes in two days. Two more and Season One is done. Holey Moley, how have I not watched this before?!? Yeah, it's thick, dense and everyone looks alike at first, white guys and black guys both. And they have names like WeiBei, D, Pooh and Stinkum. But after 3-4 eps, it starts to click and fall into a rhythm. And you find yourself entranced by the story, you can't pull away.

    Every once in a while, a series finds magic. When the casting is perfect, the actors nail it, and the writing strong enough to support it all, you have TV magic. Breaking Bad, Sopranos, LOST and a few others. Now I can see why The Wire is considered by most to be one of the top series ever.

    Ok, enough wasting time with you guys, yo. Every second here is a second I could be watching the next episode. Feel me, *****?
     
  3. Dec 30, 2014 #63 of 106
    Jim_TV

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    I never saw the original series, so I don't have anything to compare this re-mastered version to. But does anyone who saw it on tv years ago have an opinion on the conversion to 16 x 9? I understand that the footage wasn't simply cropped into to make the 16 x 9 version but that they had extra footage from the original film masters to work with. So the shots- at least many of them- should indeed be wider and contain more screen information than the way it was broadcast on tv.
     
  4. Dec 30, 2014 #64 of 106
    waynomo

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    I've only watched a bit here and there, but the the HD is really pleasant to watch. I'm pleasantly surprised. Looks like they did a nice job converting.

    As to the scenes I find myself looking to see differences. Quite often I am wondering how they fit it all in in the original 4:3 version. What I'm saying is that there doesn't necessarily appear to be a lot of wasted space at the edges. For sure, it's there, but it definitely works in 16:9.
     
  5. Dec 30, 2014 #65 of 106
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    I'm recording the whole 60 episodes on one of my DVRs to watch for the first time when it's finished. But having just glanced at a few episodes I also had the same thought- essentially, "How the hell did they ever fit this in 4x3 in the original version?" I agree that there didn't appear to be a lot of wasted space on the edges of the screen really.
     
  6. Dec 30, 2014 #66 of 106
    ej42137

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    I believe they shot on film; in which case the unless you are using anamorphic lenses the way you make 4:3 into 16:9 is to crop the top and bottom. So the "wasted space" would be in the top and bottom of the original 4:3, not the sides of the new 16:9.
     
  7. Dec 30, 2014 #67 of 106
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Often, film isn't 16:9, it's an intermediate ratio (Super-35, which is 1.65:1). To get 16:9, you crop some off the top & bottom; to get 4:3, you crop some off the sides. When you're filming, you "mask" the part you're not going to use.

    If you're future-looking, as on Babylon 5, you shoot for 4:3 but frame it so it will also work in 16:9 (i.e., you can crop either way without damaging the picture). But as we see on Babylon 5, that doesn't always work out very well; you either end up with everything floating in the center (if you do it right), or bad cropping (if you do it wrong). There's a lengthy discussion of the Babylon 5 process here, although it's not very well illustrated; see the pictures at 7.1 for one example.

    From the pictures shown earlier in this thread, it looks like The Wire was shot on that kind of film, but framed purely for 4:3. So what they've done here is the best job they can reframing it for 16:9 without letting background stuff that would not show up in the 4:3 version seep in.
     
  8. Dec 30, 2014 #68 of 106
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    So far I am very pleased with the widescreen format. It feels right to me... adds depth to the backdrops.
     
  10. Dec 30, 2014 #70 of 106
    Jim_TV

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    Looking at the two sample pics on page one of this thread of the old man corpse on the gurney, it appears that the 16 x 9 is at least as tall as the 4 x 3 and also much wider. Those two comparison screencaps seem to be a few frames off, but are pretty close to an exact comparison, and it's pretty clear that they didn't crop the top and bottom of the 4 x 3 version to make 16 x 9. It seems to be a net gain of information on all four sides of the image- top, bottom, left and right.
     
  11. Dec 30, 2014 #71 of 106
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Like I said, Super-35.
     
  12. Jan 2, 2015 #72 of 106
    TAsunder

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    Almost done with S3 and still very impressed with the picture quality and framing. It is so much more of an immersive feel
     
  13. Jan 2, 2015 #73 of 106
    astrohip

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    Just finished S2. Came up for air, a turkey sandwich, a shower... and now on to Season Three.

    'nuff said.
     
  14. Jan 2, 2015 #74 of 106
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    I recorded the whole 60 episodes on my spare DVR. Hope to start watching it soon.
     
  15. Jan 2, 2015 #75 of 106
    SoupMan

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    I've watched the whole series probably three times, but *still* got sucked into watching way too many episodes last weekend during the marathons. I found myself rewinding scenes to appreciate the dialog again.

    My HBOsig channel isn't HD on my cable provider, so all I got was the widescreen part. Anyone hear of plans for a Blu Ray widescreen release?
     
  16. Jan 3, 2015 #76 of 106
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    Does the chair recognize we gonna look like punk ass bitches?
     
  17. Jan 3, 2015 #77 of 106
    astrohip

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    Seems like so long ago I posted that. Now over halfway thru Season Three.

    Sheeeeeiit. My wife returned today (she's been gone a couple days). Had to put on fresh clothes, brush my hair and pick up all the trash around the place. IOW, turn from Bubbs into Astrohip. :D

    I felt like that line from Truckin' "Living on reds, vitamin C and cocaine".
     
  18. Jan 3, 2015 #78 of 106
    Cainebj

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    I'm hooked - been binge watching since new years eve

    just started season 4 :up:
     
  19. Jan 4, 2015 #79 of 106
    astrohip

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    And... it's on to Season Four. It's gonna be tougher now that the regular season has started back up, but I have to find a way to watch one or two eps a night.

    Truly an amazing show. The writing is as sharp as any I've ever watched, and the casting/acting is just killer. Huge number of actors I recognize from more current shows, that this was their first big gig.

    When a season is done, you don't know whether you want to laugh, cry, scream out... or all of them. They certainly don't wrap up story lines in neat little bows*, and it's as frustrating as real life can be. But damn, it just draws you in, and won't let go.

    How was it perceived as it aired?


    * Made the mistake of watching the latest Blue Bloods over the weekend. Talk about the antithesis of The Wire. Everything *was* wrapped up neat, and the good guys won.
     
  20. Jan 5, 2015 #80 of 106
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    By about the third season, many critics were calling it the best show on TV and it had a fairly large following, though nothing like newer HBO hit shows. The first season somewhat flew under the radar by my perceptions.
     

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