• Best Way To See B5?

    From news@news.bbs.geek.nz@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jun 15 04:04:08 2016
    From: "David E. Powell" <David_Powell3006@msn.com>

    On Monday, October 28, 2013 8:29:27 AM UTC-4, Lance Corporal Hammer Schultz wrote:
    On Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:42:07 -0400, Dr Nancy's Sweetie wrote:

    Are they really as bad as all that? My first guess was to go for

    the DVDs, because it's not like I can tape a new set off the air,

    what with it not being on the air, but if the DVDs are distractingly

    bad that leads me to wonder what other options, if any, might exist.

    The DVDs are the best way to view them.

    They are not without their problems, but there are no suitable


    B5 was filmed in widescreen, and the DVDs are in widescreen. That

    would seem like a good thing.

    The problem is that the effects were rendered in 4:3 for television.

    So there are insurmountable quality problems with the mix of the two

    formats. Most of the time it looks good, but if you are picky like

    me, sometimes the poor quality of the mixed live and CGI shots can be


    It would have been a better choice to simply produce the DVDs in 4:3

    as they were aired. As nice as it is to see the pure live shots in

    16:9 as they were shot, it's not as if any of those scenes were shot

    with the *intention* of being aired that way, so there is no real

    creative loss. In fact, since the 4:3 shots are all cropped and

    zoomed, the "loss" would be a wash anyway.

    Of course if they had done that, only technical people would

    understand why the DVDs aren't widescreen and people would have


    Regardless, it's a wonderful show and you should have the DVDs.

    And if they can find "lost Dr. Who" episodes in some third world

    country, maybe some day they will find the rendering data that has

    been lost and they could remaster the series in high definition. I

    wouldn't hold my breath though.

    Given the Star Trek remasters' success, I'd love to see B5 redone with new widescreen format post production. However, the odds of that happening...?


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