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- Jul 3, 1997
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
The 4 x 3 aspect ratio is what the show was originally intended to be seen in (except for one episode where they went 16 x 9). That being said, creator Shawn Ryan was involved with this release so at least the 16 x 9 has his stamp of approval.Wasn't this series originally shot in grainy16mm and with shaky camera? I don't know how that will translate to blu-ray widescreen.
According to The Digital Bits,Also, since this is Mill Creek, there's a distinct possibility that they might not have licensed extras from the previous DVD releases that they didn't put out. When they brought Friday Night Lights to Blu-ray, they licensed the episodes but not the bonus features, leaving the bonus content from Universal's previous DVD releases out of print. Just something worth considering if you're thinking about getting rid of old DVDs in favor of this.
http://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/072718-1400All of the previous extras will be included, among them deleted scenes, audio commentaries with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. The set will also include all-new features exclusive to this set, among them The Shield Reunion, The Shield: A Retrospective, Restoring The Shield, The Critical Response to The Shield, and The Shield Writers Room (a reunion from the ATX Festival Panel). You can see the cover artwork at the left there and also below.
Yes, the show was shot on 16. In one of the DVD commentaries Shawn Ryan specifically says he didn't see the point of a BD release because of that fact.
I concur. The likely effect of HD here will be intrusive grain. True, grain in itself is not usually a bad thing. Grain is where a lot of great detail comes from. But in this case, because the show was shot on 16 in a run-and-gun style, grain, which is already pronounced on the DVD, will likely be unwelcome to the eye in HD.Yeah, if I was a collector who hadn't seen this (and you should), I'd recommend just pick up the DVD complete set for $37 and forego the $229 Blu-ray. You're going to get the best representation of the show per the creator's intentions.