It hardly seems possible that HBO’s gritty series “The Wire” could get any more real than it already was, but it’s about to, and the show’s creator David Simon has mixed feelings about what’s happened to his critically acclaimed shows.
HBO said it has remastered all 60 episodes of the Peabody Award-winning drama about Baltimore’s drug underworld into 16×9 full frame HD for the first time, Deadline.com reports. All of the newly remastered episodes will run on HBO Signature, in order, starting Dec. 26, the first time the drama has aired on a linear channel since it ended its original run in 2008, Deadline says.
The episodes will also be available on HBO Go the same day, and on Blu-ray next summer.
Simon admits to mixed feelings about the new ratio frame, writing on his website: “While this new version of ‘The Wire’ is not, in some specific ways, the film we first made, it has sufficient merit to exist as an alternate version. There are scenes that clearly improve in HD and in the widescreen format. But there are things that are not improved. And even with our best resizing, touch-ups and maneuver, there are some things that are simply not as good. That’s the inevitability: This new version, after all, exists in an aspect ratio that simply wasn’t intended or serviced by the filmmakers.”