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[Amazon Canada] The Wire Complete Series Blu-ray $69.99

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[Amazon Canada] The Wire Complete Series Blu-ray $69.99

One of the best shows ever made.
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inocent wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 8:17 am
One of the best shows ever made.
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I think you mean "The Best Show In the History of Television"
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My all time favorite show.. must resist. Already have this on DVD (which I'll never watch again) and in HD with my Crave Tv subscription.

Anyone know if the digital copies can be redeemed on Google Play store?
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Awesome, awesome, awesome show!
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"[insert a show name here] is the best show ever, except maybe The Wire"... haha but yea it's my favorite show...
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This is my fave show... but i should point out.. if you actually haven't seen this show (man, you're in for a treat if you haven't), it makes more wallet sense just to subscribe to Crave TV for a month or two and binge watch it in HD. Many other older HBO shows available on Crave.

Also, although this show is considered one of the greatest shows ever made, I've found many people don't like it, so maybe try before you buy.
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inocent wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 8:17 am
One of the best shows ever made.
True, but if you have access to Amazon Prime US it's free to stream. Or record it with Playnow like a vcr
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Absolutely amazing show. I've seen it 3 times now and I just know I'll watch it again one day
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Dec 13th, 2017 9:42 am
"[insert a show name here]The Shield, The Sopranos is the best show ever, except maybe The Wire"... haha but yea it's my favorite show...
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This show's in 4:3 ratio even for blu-ray right?

If it is, then there's no point in upgrading from DVD to BD then ... my biggest gripe about the DVD version is it's in 4:3 with black bars on the side
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thanks OP. favourite show ever.
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number17 wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 10:24 am
This show's in 4:3 ratio even for blu-ray right?

If it is, then there's no point in upgrading from DVD to BD then ... my biggest gripe about the DVD version is it's in 4:3 with black bars on the side
nope, they did a lot of work to bring the show to 16:9 HD.

david simon wouldn't let them change the aspect ratio of the show without restoring the original intent of each shot:
http://davidsimon.com/the-wire-hd-with-videos/
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number17 wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 10:24 am
This show's in 4:3 ratio even for blu-ray right?

If it is, then there's no point in upgrading from DVD to BD then ... my biggest gripe about the DVD version is it's in 4:3 with black bars on the side
Google is your friend. The blurays are 16x9.

From IndieWire (link):

"The entire series has been beautifully re-mastered in 16×9 Full-Frame HD from more than 8,000 reels of original 35mm camera negative, allowing for a tighter fit on widescreen TVs and computer/tablet screens. The original negatives were scanned, edited, dust-busted and color-corrected with great care and attention taken to stay true to the look and feel of the original Standard-Definition 4×3 version.

"Stripping away the PR-speak, that means HBO is reframing the entire show so that idiots won’t complain that it doesn’t fill up their flatscreens. They can spin staying “true to the look and feel” of the show, but David Simon and his crew made a deliberate artistic decision to stick with 4:3 even as other shows were going widescreen — even abandoning the process of “future-proofing” after the initial season. As director of photography David Insley explained:

“The reason the show has stayed 4×3 is because David Simon thinks that 4×3 feels more like real life and real television and not like a movie…. When the show started 2001 / 2002 they framed it for 16 x 9 as a way of future-proofing. Then a couple of seasons ago, right before Season 4 began shooting, there was a big discussion about it and after much discussion — David, Nina, Joe Chappelle, the Producers, the DPs — and we discussed what should be the style of the show. David made the decision that we would stay with 4×3.”

So, like the Seinfeld 16x9, it's widescreened from original 4x3, with the inherent problems that brings (i.e. some cropping of the top and bottom of the image).

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