If you’re a TV fan that hasn’t seen the HBO drama series “The Wire” which ran from 2002-2008, chances are that someone has recommended it to you emphatically. If you’re someone who hasn’t seen the show and also appreciate the visual fidelity of 1080p, then you may have a new reason to check it out in the near future. The show, which began its broadcast at a time when high definition resolutions were not the norm, has received an HD overhaul to future-proof it for broadcast as time goes on.
Announced via Deadline, HBO has state dthat it has remastered all 60 episodes of the hit series in full 1080p resolution for the first time in the show’s existence, while also expanding the aspect ratio to full 16:9 widescreen. The resolution and aspect upgrade basically put it on par with most modern television productions, while also ensuring that HD channels will have the opportunity to broadcast the show with fully realized visual fidelity.
In preparation for future exploitation, other studios have recently been taking previously beloved shows and remastering them for presentation in high definition. Some of the most concerted remastering efforts for TV revolve around the Star Trek franchise, which has seen a painstaking, frame-by-frame restoration of original film elements on both the original series from the 1960’s, and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” from the 80s and 90s. Both complete series have been released on Blu-ray with remastered soundtracks in addition to the upgraded picture, and both series are expected to run on high definition channels in the future, taking advantage of the upgraded audio and visual elements.
Warner Home Video has also released two of their most beloved properties in HD: the hit NBC show “Friends,” as well as the recent release of “Batman: The Complete Series” starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Other shows rumored to be getting the HD treatment in the future include “The X-Files” and the original “Lost in Space.”
“The Wire” and its new, HD presentation will premiere on HBO Signature on December 26th, and will also be available on HBO GO the same day. A Blu-ray home media release is expected to follow this coming summer.
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