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Why so many good HBO drams in full screen format?


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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   NolanJ

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Posted June 15 2004 - 05:10 AM

This kinda baffles me.

Oz, Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusiasm are all released in full screen format.

Thank goodness The Sopranos is in anamorphic widescreen.

Anyone know why this is?

#2 of 15 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted June 15 2004 - 05:16 AM

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Anyone know why this is?

Because that's how they were filmed. Many TV shows are still filmed for 4:3 display.

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Six Feet Under

They switched to 1.78 in season 3. I expect the DVDs for that season will be 16:9-enhanced widescreen.

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#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Ryan Spaight

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Posted June 15 2004 - 05:50 AM

The Wire (at least the first two seasons) is 4x3 as well.

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#4 of 15 OFFLINE   Daniel Kikin

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Posted June 15 2004 - 06:08 AM

Curb Your Enthusiasm is a comedy but everything Larry does becomes dramatic for him so I guess you can call it a drama. Posted Image

#5 of 15 OFFLINE   AndyMcKinney

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Posted June 16 2004 - 05:49 AM

"Curb Your Enthusiasm", incindentially, isn't filmed at all. It is actually shot on videotape and they apply a "film effect" in post production to make it appear as though it were shot on film.

When it's shown in non-NTSC countries, though (like England), they leave out the post-production processing and air it in its original raw videotape look, as such special effects tend to look bad after going through a standars conversion.

The reason for "filmizing" the videotape footage is thatLarry wanted to shoot on film, but HBO wouldn't pony up the extra cash for it. Many who've seen the raw VT version seem to prefer it like that, though.

#6 of 15 OFFLINE   Ravi K

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Posted June 16 2004 - 09:32 AM

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When it's shown in non-NTSC countries, though (like England), they leave out the post-production processing and air it in its original raw videotape look, as such special effects tend to look bad after going through a standars conversion.


It didn't look too bad for The Office, which was PAL to NTSC for the R1 DVDs.
 

#7 of 15 OFFLINE   NolanJ

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Posted June 15 2004 - 05:10 AM

This kinda baffles me.

Oz, Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusiasm are all released in full screen format.

Thank goodness The Sopranos is in anamorphic widescreen.

Anyone know why this is?

#8 of 15 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted June 15 2004 - 05:16 AM

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Anyone know why this is?

Because that's how they were filmed. Many TV shows are still filmed for 4:3 display.

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Six Feet Under

They switched to 1.78 in season 3. I expect the DVDs for that season will be 16:9-enhanced widescreen.

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#9 of 15 OFFLINE   Ryan Spaight

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Posted June 15 2004 - 05:50 AM

The Wire (at least the first two seasons) is 4x3 as well.

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#10 of 15 OFFLINE   Daniel Kikin

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Posted June 15 2004 - 06:08 AM

Curb Your Enthusiasm is a comedy but everything Larry does becomes dramatic for him so I guess you can call it a drama. Posted Image

#11 of 15 OFFLINE   AndyMcKinney

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Posted June 16 2004 - 05:49 AM

"Curb Your Enthusiasm", incindentially, isn't filmed at all. It is actually shot on videotape and they apply a "film effect" in post production to make it appear as though it were shot on film.

When it's shown in non-NTSC countries, though (like England), they leave out the post-production processing and air it in its original raw videotape look, as such special effects tend to look bad after going through a standars conversion.

The reason for "filmizing" the videotape footage is thatLarry wanted to shoot on film, but HBO wouldn't pony up the extra cash for it. Many who've seen the raw VT version seem to prefer it like that, though.

#12 of 15 OFFLINE   Ravi K

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Posted June 16 2004 - 09:32 AM

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When it's shown in non-NTSC countries, though (like England), they leave out the post-production processing and air it in its original raw videotape look, as such special effects tend to look bad after going through a standars conversion.


It didn't look too bad for The Office, which was PAL to NTSC for the R1 DVDs.
 

#13 of 15 OFFLINE   Mark Turetsky

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Posted June 17 2004 - 01:55 AM

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Thank goodness The Sopranos is in anamorphic widescreen.


Funny thing is that the first two seasons were shown 4:3 and were clearly composed that way, since the 16:9 versions leave a lot of dead space on the sides of the frame.

#14 of 15 OFFLINE   Jean D

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Posted June 17 2004 - 01:58 AM

at least Carnivale and Deadwood were filmed in 16x9. lets hope all the new HBO Original Programing will be this way from here on.
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Posted June 17 2004 - 12:43 PM

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Funny thing is that the first two seasons were shown 4:3 and were clearly composed that way, since the 16:9 versions leave a lot of dead space on the sides of the frame.


Better dead space then two grey lines on the sides of my TV.
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