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HBO is preparing an HD remastered version of acclaimed series The Wire

09.03.2014

THE WIRE consistently ranks as one of the greatest television series of all time. But, despite all the critical acclaim, the HBO series about the political and legal sides of life in Baltimore never reached the same level of popularity as BOARDWALK EMPIRE or THE SOPRANOS. But, now six years after the fifth and final season of the show, HBO looks to be preparing a new treat for fans of the show.

HBO has been preparing an HD remastered version of all five seasons of THE WIRE and even went as far as to release a promo touting a marathon of every episode. The promo, embedded below, indicated an air date of September 4th which the cable network has now claimed was premature.

While there is not word as to what the HD remaster will include, I would assume it would be a corrected aspect ratio. While filmed in 35mm, all five seasons aired in 4:3 when they first premiered. Getting a full 16:9 look at THE WIRE would definitely be a win for fans of the gritty series. The other big question is whether the remaster will replace the current version on HBO GO and Amazon Prime or if this will be a Blu-ray release. With HBO being quiet about when we can expect to see the cleaned up HD version, fans are likely excited to get a chance to revisit the show.

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6:47PM on 09/04/2014
Is this show as good as everyone says it is? Keep in mind I will be comparing it to Breaking Bad.
Is this show as good as everyone says it is? Keep in mind I will be comparing it to Breaking Bad.
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10:19PM on 09/03/2014

Best show ever tied with breaking bad!!!

If you have never watched the entire five season fun of the wire shame on you!!! Best writing and honest portrayal of police and drug dealers ever put to film. Movie or tv. Period! Simply genius and amazing. Be patient and it will eventually hook you like bubbles on dope!
If you have never watched the entire five season fun of the wire shame on you!!! Best writing and honest portrayal of police and drug dealers ever put to film. Movie or tv. Period! Simply genius and amazing. Be patient and it will eventually hook you like bubbles on dope!
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12:49PM on 09/04/2014
I agree with your sentiments, but The Wire just edges Breaking Bad. Both are fantastic, but I think The Wire just has so much more meaning tied into it. Especially on subsequent viewings.
I agree with your sentiments, but The Wire just edges Breaking Bad. Both are fantastic, but I think The Wire just has so much more meaning tied into it. Especially on subsequent viewings.
5:27PM on 09/03/2014
I honestly hope they preserve the 4:3 aspect ratio. I thought it worked for the series and the tone it achieved. While there's no doubt I'll watch to see how it looks and what it does for one of my favorite series, I am mostly indifferent towards this remastering as clarity was not a problem with the series.
I honestly hope they preserve the 4:3 aspect ratio. I thought it worked for the series and the tone it achieved. While there's no doubt I'll watch to see how it looks and what it does for one of my favorite series, I am mostly indifferent towards this remastering as clarity was not a problem with the series.
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9:27PM on 09/03/2014
I see what you mean, but nothing wrong with HD.
I see what you mean, but nothing wrong with HD.
5:02PM on 09/03/2014
I recently tried to sit down and watch the first season of The Wire and had to stop after watching 6 episodes. Way to slow for me, especially after I watched the entire series run of The Shield which had a lot of action... Did i give up to early???
I recently tried to sit down and watch the first season of The Wire and had to stop after watching 6 episodes. Way to slow for me, especially after I watched the entire series run of The Shield which had a lot of action... Did i give up to early???
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5:49PM on 09/03/2014
Yup. It's a slow burn and not action heavy at all, but definitely has some violent interludes. It's all about character so if it's action you're looking for you won't find much on The Wire. A great show nonetheless IMO. I'd give it another shot (maybe wait for the HD version). Season 3 is where it really kicks into gear.
Yup. It's a slow burn and not action heavy at all, but definitely has some violent interludes. It's all about character so if it's action you're looking for you won't find much on The Wire. A great show nonetheless IMO. I'd give it another shot (maybe wait for the HD version). Season 3 is where it really kicks into gear.
7:01PM on 09/03/2014
I'm the type of person who can't really watch slow shows but The Wire kept my entertained thoroughly. People praise season 4 as the best, but I enjoyed 1 and 3 more. Great show, worth giving another chance.
I'm the type of person who can't really watch slow shows but The Wire kept my entertained thoroughly. People praise season 4 as the best, but I enjoyed 1 and 3 more. Great show, worth giving another chance.
9:27PM on 09/03/2014
Way too early bud. As Paul stated, season 3 is where it gets SUPER good. 3 and 4 are my favorite seasons. Some of the best TV you'll ever see.
Way too early bud. As Paul stated, season 3 is where it gets SUPER good. 3 and 4 are my favorite seasons. Some of the best TV you'll ever see.
4:34PM on 09/03/2014

Ugh.

This kind of bugs me as I finally JUST finished watching the series with my wife. Loved the show, but throughout watching the series every time we started a new seasaon I would always hope it would be in HD. Never was, and now I feel I should've waited a bit longer. Anyways though, amazing show!

Season 4>2>5>3=1
This kind of bugs me as I finally JUST finished watching the series with my wife. Loved the show, but throughout watching the series every time we started a new seasaon I would always hope it would be in HD. Never was, and now I feel I should've waited a bit longer. Anyways though, amazing show!

Season 4>2>5>3=1
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4:50PM on 09/03/2014
3 and 4 are my favorite seasons
3 and 4 are my favorite seasons
4:50PM on 09/03/2014
3 and 4 are my favorite seasons
3 and 4 are my favorite seasons
4:27PM on 09/03/2014
Bonus! Now where's my remastered X-Files Fox?!?!?!
Bonus! Now where's my remastered X-Files Fox?!?!?!
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3:52PM on 09/03/2014

YES!!!!

Cannot wait to rewatch it in all it's HD glory. Best show hands down. Period!!!!
Cannot wait to rewatch it in all it's HD glory. Best show hands down. Period!!!!
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3:49PM on 09/03/2014
FINALLY!!
FINALLY!!
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3:37PM on 09/03/2014
Now can we PLEASE get Six Feet Under on blu ray?!
Now can we PLEASE get Six Feet Under on blu ray?!
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