HBO is bringing back 'The Wire' in HD

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  1. coolman302003

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  3. Paul Secic

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    Dec 16, 2003
    I loved The Wire. I'm glad it's coming back.
  4. trainman

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    I could have sworn it was in HD when, a couple years ago, it was rebroadcast on DirecTV's Channel 101/Audience Network (name changed during the run). But I guess it was only reformatted for widescreen. Looked pretty good, though.
  5. TomCat

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    Aug 31, 2002
    As early as 2000 or so when new equipment was bought, it usually included a camera capable of 1080p24. Once things were solidified regarding HD circa 1997, the 1080p24 camera was the golden fleece, because that format easily can be converted to any other existing format without appreciable loss. And those cameras became cheaper than film about that time, so when new equipment was bought, it was typically 1080p24. But a lot of stuff was still shot with legacy SD equipment, until they could justify replacing it, difficult to do when the world of viewers was 98% SD.

    Imagers were not always 1920x1080, however, most were 1440x1080 for years afterwards. But still much of content was acquired as 1080p24 and converted to whatever format the network was happy with.

    Not only that, but what made SD so terrible was not the format, but the transport, which was typically analog and degraded the quality significantly by the time it got to viewers (who degraded the quality even more with their stupid VHS recorders). So our memory of SD does no justice to what an actually very fine format it is. Bottom line, even stuff acquired in 480i can be remastered to look pretty slick, especially if it was 16x9 to start with.

    So the master could be of really good quality. Of course no one has revealed what the original format for this show was, but I would imagine the remastering will make it very palatable to today's HD viewers.

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