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post #31 of 111
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Originally Posted by scowl View Post

But then you never know. The Shield was another cop show with a weird history of being shot 16:9 (but safe for 4:3) yet some season DVDs were released 4:3 while apparently the UK releases were 16:9.

IIRC the widescreen versions seen in Europe were cropped.
post #32 of 111
I have the first two seasons of The Shield on the UK DVDs. If I have a chance, I'll do a compare and see if they're cropped or not. Wouldn't surprise me though...
post #33 of 111
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Originally Posted by JayX View Post

I have the first two seasons of The Shield on the UK DVDs. If I have a chance, I'll do a compare and see if they're cropped or not. Wouldn't surprise me though...

From what I just read, the Shield production situation was similar to the Wire: on the season 3 commentary Shawn Ryan said they shot on Super 16mm (5:3) intending for a 4:3 extraction (which was how it was broadcast) but Sony decided to crop to 16:9 for some DVD releases. In the US they released 4:3 versions and later rereleased 16:9 versions. I guess just about anything can happen.
post #34 of 111
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Originally Posted by Jackie78 View Post

Hi,

this is very interesting, can anybody tell me how this was produced? Where do those extra-contents at the left and right side come from? Was it already produced in 16:9, or did they just use things that were left out by overscan, etc. in the previous releases? Does anybody know in which resolution and quality the original material was produced, and how they manged to upscale it to that quality level?

Film has higher native resolution than HD. They took the film and used an HD telecine to create the HD video. No upconversion was involved.
post #35 of 111
Very excited for this. I don't know if I'll buy the bds when they make them, but it does mean it'll be around syndicated like this in the near future here. . Of course the bds wil have all the bonus footage too... So I might still get them.
post #36 of 111
definitely not on TBS.

Searched TNT for Friends but it doesn't air on TNT in Chicago I guess.
post #37 of 111
It doesn't air on TNT in the US. That's TNT Serie, the German version.

Not sure why TBS isn't airing it in HD yet. But Nick at Nite will be picking up Friends later this year. Maybe that's when the switch will happen.
post #38 of 111
Ohhhhhhhh. got it.

That would be nice.
post #39 of 111
I've seen the German TNT versions, they look pretty great comparatively to the DVD's.

The first few seasons which look pretty rough on the Region 1 DVD's, are night and day almost.

Hard to watch the broadcast versions now though after having seen the much better extended versions of each episode.

I noticed some goofs going back through the series on DVD where cameras were in the 4:3 protected area on some of the pans, I wonder how bad these shots are in the 16:9 versions.
post #40 of 111
Is this HD, or widescreen HD? Also, Australia used to have 576p50 they called HD. Ahh, whatever it is, I want Friends in HD. BTW, I've heard that Friends was shot at 30fps, was it really?

Scrubs was shot on Super16 in widescreen, and seasons 8 and 9 were mastered and shown in HD. I hope that they remaster the first 7 seasons in HD as well.

I don't care what BBC thinks about 16mm, the remastered HD (or "amost HD") variant looks so much better than original 4:3 SD stuff, that I will buy Friends and Scrubs on BD any day.
post #41 of 111
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Originally Posted by JayX View Post

scowl - where have you seen a correct 1.85:1 HD print of 'The Wire' ? I compared a version on one of the HD On Demand services with my 4x3 DVDs and while the picture was fantastic, it was a visible crop unfortunately. If a real 16x9 3perf version exists in HD, despite the OAR element being more important in such a good drama, I would love to see it.

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Originally Posted by scowl View Post

No one has seen 1.85:1 prints of the Wire because they don't exist. They shot 3 perf widescreen because that's how American television productions shoot 35mm these days. The creator of the series didn't like widescreen and wanted a 4:3 AR so they cropped it, just like some television productions did with 3 perf before HDTV.

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Originally Posted by JayX View Post

I see, that's a great shame. I've read David Simon talking about why he shot for 4x3 and I can see his point, and if it's absolutely his call. It's therefore a shame that when the decision was made to take it HD and fill the 16x9 frame that they chose to crop rather than open out. Seeing stuff the director didn't intend isn't ideal, but no where near the crime of cropping even further. Maybe one day we'll see a Blu-Ray or another HD master either in OAR or wider.

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Originally Posted by scowl View Post

I doubt that will happen. If they wanted the show to be 4:3 (for whatever reason) and went through some trouble to make sure it was presented that way, why go back on what they wanted?

I read a Q & A with David Simon around the time when The Wire was wrapping up, where he stated this. I think the question asked had more to do with why the show wasn't broadcast in HD rather than an eventual Blu-ray release. His answer was basically the show will never be in HD only 4:3 standard definition.

I have no problem with his reasoning for the aspect ratio the show has, it's confusing he wouldn't want the show to be presented in the higher resolution though.
post #42 of 111
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Originally Posted by Kenshiro 26 View Post

I read a Q & A with David Simon around the time when The Wire was wrapping up, where he stated this. I think the question asked had more to do with why the show wasn't broadcast in HD rather than an eventual Blu-ray release. His answer was basically the show will never be in HD only 4:3 standard definition.

I have no problem with his reasoning for the aspect ratio the show has, it's confusing he wouldn't want the show to be presented in the higher resolution though.

Right. If they care about AR, they can release a pillarboxed "higher res" version. Like Snow White.
post #43 of 111
grabbed the first season (don't ask me how) and it's amazing. I believe the first 3 are the only ones available to "acquire" currently. It's like they filmed it yesterday. You can definitely tell that they framed it for 4:3 though, it's very obvious when most of the time everything is centered and there isn't much going on out of the 4:3 space. Sometimes there is a beam or wall on the edges that you can tell they meant to frame out.
post #44 of 111
Hi, sorry to bump, but I thought I would clarify how this works as some people are confused.

Friends was filmed on Super 35, which has an aspect ratio of 15:9. Because widescreen television sets have an aspect ratio of 16:9, this means that unfortunately a little bit of cropping on the top and bottom of the screen is needed to fill the 16:9 frame. If you go back to the DVD/HD comparison shots on the first page of this thread, you will see what I mean. It is cropped, but only a little bit, and nothing major - not at all like a 4:3 crop to 16:9.

I have no idea how the graphics are done though - because they look exactly like the 90s graphics - it doesn't look at all like 2011 CGI graphics. Look at the Friends logo on season 2 - it doesn't look like a crystal clear SVG logo, which strangely is better. And they are all faithfully re-done. Even odd things like the names not being aligned properly on the pilot is done - however they've used the wrong font on most of the season 1 episodes, by using the font used in the titles after season 6 (when Courteney Cox became Courteney Cox Arquette and a smaller font was needed) which is a little disappointing, considering they've recreated everything else perfectly, such as the other odd thing on season 2 where the Friends logo on the NY skyline flashes off a millisecond before the scene changes to the fountain.

Hope that clears things up.
post #45 of 111
I hope the episodes airing on nick at night starting Monday are the HD versions. I have set htpc to record them and will be sure to let everyone know as soon as the first one airs on monday.
post #46 of 111
TBS's contract also begins anew this week, so hopefully it will have the HD versions as well. But the international viewers have only spotted the first three seasons in HD, which might explain why local syndication doesn't begin in HD until 2013: it's still a work in progress.
post #47 of 111
yup, I've only noticed the first 3 seasons. But they look amazing. Hopefully they are released on BD uncut.
post #48 of 111
I noticed that on the first page there are screen shots of Rachael and that weird hairless cat that she had in that episode in HD. I bring this up because that episode is from season 5. I hope this means that the whole series is done by now and we will be seeing it tonight.
post #49 of 111
Potential positive sign: the videos on NickatNite.com are in 16:9. See here: http://www.nickatnite.com/videos/cli...-way-clip.html.
post #50 of 111
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

Potential positive sign: the videos on NickatNite.com are in 16:9. See here: http://www.nickatnite.com/videos/cli...-way-clip.html.

And in really good quality even if it is online video.
post #51 of 111
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

Potential positive sign: the videos on NickatNite.com are in 16:9.

I took a cap off of their website and matched the same frame to the DVD, the image area is opened in all four directions.

Looks very good indeed.



post #52 of 111
Its in HD!!!

After watching the episode I noticed that there was a lot of jokes that I was too young to get way back when. Also seeing this show in HD it gives me hope for things like star trek the next gen to one day make the leap through the transition process.
post #53 of 111
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Originally Posted by chestnu1 View Post

Its in HD!!!

After watching the episode I noticed that there was a lot of jokes that I was too young to get way back when. Also seeing this show in HD it gives me hope for things like star trek the next gen to one day make the leap through the transition process.

Yep. In Hd on Nick@Nite Hd.
post #54 of 111
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Originally Posted by chestnu1 View Post

Its in HD!!!

After watching the episode I noticed that there was a lot of jokes that I was too young to get way back when. Also seeing this show in HD it gives me hope for things like star trek the next gen to one day make the leap through the transition process.

While we don't know specifics on what the remaster will entail, Levar Burton tweeted yesterday that he was at CBS Television City checking out the work on TNG:R, so that's just more unofficial confirmation that it's happening.
post #55 of 111
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

While we don't know specifics on what the remaster will entail, Levar Burton tweeted yesterday that he was at CBS Television City checking out the work on TNG:R, so that's just more unofficial confirmation that it's happening.

Well that made my day thanks.

And so I can post about friends as well I never realized that Monica had a stainless steal oven before it became in style.
post #56 of 111
I was channel flipping and Friends is on, and it seems like they are playing the film transfer that they show in Australia. Anyway its on now, anyone care to confirm??
post #57 of 111
yes and with hideous giant pop ups
post #58 of 111
wow i started a topic about this and didnt realize it was already confirmed here. good on you nickelodeon. now send your copies to TBS please.
post #59 of 111
confirmed in the "friends in Australia" thread. it *is* in HD.

Im okay with the pop ups, the quality is fantastic. it's like the show is brand new.
post #60 of 111
It looks pretty soft at times (watching on FiOS, so I'm assuming that's the source material), but it is night-and-day better than the SD versions, so I'm not going to complain.

Hopefully TBS kicks off with them tomorrow as well.
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