HBO has found a way to make “The Wire” even more appealing by remastering the series created by David Simon for the shows upcoming marathon. Break out the popcorn, beer and pizzas geeks, I can’t think of a better way to salute one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed shows on HBO. According to theverge.com, there is uncertainty if HBO will recut the show into 16:9 or leave it as 4:3, but with the added bonus of HD resolution.
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“The Wire was reportedly shot with Panavision cameras in Super 35, meaning that footage actually had to be cut off the sides for the initial broadcast. A widescreen version of The Wire showed up briefly streaming on Amazon Prime — true widescreen, not cropped on the top and bottom — two years ago before returning to its former 4:3 aspect ratio. HBO declined to comment on what format its HD remaster would take.”
HBO teased fans last month with an ad which wrongly mentions September 4 as the official start date of the marathon. It seems the episodes are still being reviewed, and no official launch date for the retouched episodes has been revealed.
For those of you not in the know, Season one, which began airing on June 2, 2002, introduces two major groups of characters—the Baltimore police department and a drug dealing organization run by the Barksdale family. The season follows the investigation of the latter over its 13 episodes. In the pilot episode of this drama series, Baltimore homicide detective Jimmy McNulty gets into hot water and winds up assigned to a detail of narcotics outcasts charged with investigating drug lord Avon Barksdale and his powerful operation.
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