The Wire is in HD and Widescreen on Amazon Prime Streaming

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  1. Jan 5, 2015 #81 of 106
    Turtleboy

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    It's amazing how much technology has advanced in the past 10 years with regards to cell phones, wiretaps, video, photographs, etc.
     
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    Gunnyman

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    The show is a great study in clandestine intelligence gathering. So was Rubicon.
     
  3. Jan 5, 2015 #83 of 106
    MikeAndrews

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    So which is the recommended season?

    (top of my head)
    1) Avon Barksdale and Omar.
    2) Frank Sobotka, "The Greek," Ziggy, ??? Frank?, and Proposition Joe
    3) The kids? leading to Marlo
    4) Marlo?
     
  4. Jan 5, 2015 #84 of 106
    Gunnyman

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    Recommended? As in you can only watch one season? Season 1 is Avon and Oamar
    Season 2 is the Wharf, kind of boring but is great set up for the rest of the series.
    Season 3 is All about Avon Barksdale Stringer Bell
    Season 4 is the Kids and my favorite
    Season 5 is about McNulty and the Baltimore Sun.

    Of all of them Season 4 is the most emotional. David Simon's treatment of what happens to inner city kids is hauntingly accurate.
     
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    Ravensfan

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    I agree, Season 4 was the best. It's amazing seeing all the scenery in Baltimore. The areas around the water have been gentrified and safe but a large portion of the rest of the city is just as you see it in the show.

    The HD quality and 16x9 really make the show a new experience.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2015 #86 of 106
    Gunnyman

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    I noticed Ben Carson's name got mentioned in a Season 4 episode. He's a prominent name in the news today but was apparently a noteworthy name 8-9 years ago in Baltimore.
     
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    Turtleboy

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    You too can learn to act

     
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    MikeAndrews

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    You know he did the same delivery 1st in Spike Lee's movie, "The 25th Hour"

    Who gonna sue who? Or maybe Isaiah owns the line.
     
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    DevdogAZ

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    I was just catching up on "Veep" this past weekend and Isaiah Whitlock Jr. plays a presidential candidate running against the lead character. The staff is doing prep for an upcoming debate and one of the staff is supposed to be playing the part of Isaiah's character. When told this, someone else in the room said, "Don't do the voice." I'm sitting on my couch by myself and it was an almost involuntary reaction to say, "Sheeeeeeeeit."
     
  10. Jan 11, 2015 #90 of 106
    astrohip

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    Season Four is done. Wasn't able to watch much during the week, so I binged the last 10 eps this weekend. You know a show is getting to you when you start caring about fictional characters.

    I like the way David Simon is able to create a season about an entire new world, in the case "The Kids", and still encompass the full Wire universe--cops, politicians, the corners, Omar, Bubbs.

    Time to take a long walk thru the pastures with my dog, and clear my head. The Wire can leave you in a strange place. Especially when it leaves you with final scenes like this...


    [not a spoiler]


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  11. Jan 13, 2015 #91 of 106
    s10023

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    so does anyone know if amazon is streaming it in the new remastered HD?
     
  12. Jan 13, 2015 #92 of 106
    TAsunder

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    It wasn't the weekend they came out. There was a noticeable difference. They might have switched by now, but I would assume not.
     
  13. Jan 13, 2015 #93 of 106
    Peter000

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    Yes, it appears so! The show now has HD banners on the graphics and looks much better.
     
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    I just checked out the first episode on both HBO GO and Amazon Prime. For some reason, the Amazon version looked better to my eyes.
     
  15. Jan 26, 2015 #95 of 106
    astrohip

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    "Let's go home"

    :up:
     
  16. Jan 29, 2015 #96 of 106
    johnh123

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    Over there
    Says 1080p now.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    I see Battlestar Galactica (the original series), of all shows, is getting it "right." The new remastered blu-ray is available in a widescreen version, and in a version with both the widescreen and the 4:3!

    I wish The Wire had gone that route. I would have paid extra for the "definitive" edition; but I won't pay anything for the altered version. I can live with the DVDs.
     
  18. May 11, 2015 #98 of 106
    gweempose

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    Perhaps I'm not a purist, but I prefer the new remastered versions of The Wire. They look fantastic in widescreen HD. The picture is so crisp and clear that I can't even imagine going back and watching them in SD now. I agree that it would have been nice to have a choice, but I think you gain a lot more than you give up.
     
  19. May 11, 2015 #99 of 106
    Rob Helmerichs

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    But if they did an HD 4:3, you would give up zero and gain everything. And my Oppo does pretty awesome upscaling, so why pay for a defective product? ;)
     
  20. Peter000

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    I would venture to guess that most people would prefer a widescreen picture to a 4:3 picture. For me, it's irritating having the pillarboxing space on the screen. If I get more enjoyment out of the remaster, it's not a "defective product." Wink aside.
     

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