‘The Wire’s’ full-screen episodes get a high-def widescreen remastering

12.02.14 3 years ago

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“The Wire's” full-screen episodes get a high-def widescreen remastering
HBO will unveil a remastered high-def version of the classic series on Jan. 5, with all 60 square-shaped episodes revamped to fit tightly on rectangular television sets. HBO will celebrate the remastering by marathoning the entire series. As a press release notes, “The entire series has been beautifully re-mastered in 16×9 Full-Frame HD from more than 8,000 reels of original 35mm camera negative, allowing for a tighter fit on widescreen TVs and computer/tablet screens. The original negatives were scanned, edited, dust-busted and color-corrected with great care and attention taken to stay true to the look and feel of the original Standard-Definition 4×3 version.” PLUS: David Simon endorses the remastering, explains the differences you'll see in the new version: “There are scenes that clearly improve in HD and in the widescreen format. But, there are things that are not improved.”

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