Posted April 26 2008 - 08:04 PM
| Originally Posted by LizH |
I talked to Gord Lacey over at TVShowsOnDVD.Com:
What it comes down to is Warner Bros having matted widescreen
masters, so that's what they're releasing.
Apparently the show was originally broadcast in 1.33:1.
the question has NEVER been what it was BROADCAST in, I know it was broadcast 1.33:1 MATTED LBX. I have DVD-R recordings from a) the WB broadcasts, b) SPACE (canada) and c) SHOWCASE ACTION (canada) and they were all 1.33:1 matted LBX.
I am ACTIVELY trying to determine if it was broadcast overseas in 'true' 16:9 (it was shown on the UK and OZ and I'm on the trail).
The point I've been TRYING to make is that I would find it INCONCEIVABLE that this was FILMED matted (2002) when I can track back shows to 2000 that were properly done. Cases in point:
#1 Greg the Bunny: 2002, BROADCAST 4:3, DVD release 4:3. About a year later it turned up on HDNet in 16:9 Anamorphic HD. An anamorphic 16:9 master existed. Yet it wasn't used for the DVD.
#2 Relic Hunter: 1999, WELL predates BoP, ONLY shown in 4:3 in the US and Canada and UK. Season 2 was released in the UK in 16:9. The pathetic US/Canada releases were 4:3. Anamorphic Masters (at least for season 2, by inference season 3, season 1 unk) Exist.
#3 Tremors: The Series: 2003 Only broadcast in the US/Canada in 4:3, recently turned up on Amazon Unboxed, the version for Tivo downloads are 4:3 Matted LBX (not cropped, I compared, absolutely more image). The versions that Amazon Unbox d/l's to you PC are 16:9. go figure.
#4 Starhunter: (the original) 2001. Shown 4:3 in the US/Canada syndication. All DVD releases 4:3. I have 16:9 recordings from a UK broadcast in 2005. Again, NOT CROPPED. Full 16:9
#6 The Invisible Man: (scifi channel, 2000), AFAICD only shown 4:3 in US/Canada/UK. Season 1 just released in 16:9 Anamorphic.
#7 Witchblade: (2000) absolutely filmed wide, several eps shown in matted LBX, REPORTED to be coming out in 16:9 anamorphic (unconfirmed).
#8 HOUSE, season 1: Shown on FOX HD in 16:9 *anamorphic*. Released on DVD in the US/UK/Germany/France/OZ in 4:3 matted LB, released on DVD in Japan 16:9 ANAMORPHIC.
#9 Andromeda: 2000, subject of the 'fake widescreen' topic. Filmed 16:9 from day one. Syndicated broadcasts in 4:3, DVD release 16:9
#10 Mr Bean: The Animated Series: UK Broadcasts 16:9 anamorphic. CBC Broadcasts 4:3 Cropped. UK DVD Release 16:9 Anamorphic. US DVD Release 4:3 cropped APPARENTLY AT THE REQUEST OF A&E (did the dvd release) they didn't WANT the 16:9 (another one of those 'go figure').
Shall I continue?
I have no doubt
Warner told Gord that they had matted masters. However I still call bovine stuff on Warner.
a) they don't know they have a 16:9 master (IGNORANCE)
b) they won't use it (STUPIDITY or ARROGANCE)
c) they screwed up and used the matted master for the discs and now won't change it (ARROGANCE)
d) for some reason beyond all intelligence and forethought they wiped the 16:9 masters or never made them (IGNORANCE and STUPIDITY) I seriously doubt that.
I can forgive a) if they fix it before they release it. b) and c) are not forgivable and I would HOPE that BoP fandom hits Warner HARD about this to try to fix it. I can agree that there will be one and only one release.. so for pete's sake, get it right the 1st time.