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Old 02-16-16, 01:50 PM   #26
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Re: Freaks & Geeks: Collector's Edition

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In this age of large displays and clear HD imagery, why would you elect to watch this 4x3 when the new ws image looks respectable?
Honestly, it can really depend. I will definitely watch through the entire show in widescreen. But I can't say for sure which way I will prefer. Sometimes it may just not work right.

An example of this would be That 70s Show. I watched through the first couple of seasons on Netflix which uses the widescreen copies which mostly open up the sides. However, I was bothered by this composition. So many of the repeated shots & sets of the show involved the kids in groups sitting around the basement couch, or the circle of chairs, etc. where it was pretty clear that the actors were all packed together to fit into a 4:3 frame so now you get lots of empty sets on the sides. It takes away from the claustrophobic and frenetic energy that the tightly packed kids usually created and killed the effect I thought.

It's pretty much the same thing as how sometimes opening up the tops and bottoms of some movies to make them 4:3 did sometimes. It just made the composition look empty and boring and affected the energy of the scenes.

There's such a thing as framing something to fully utilize the given framing. Just look at the 4:3 scenes in The Grand Budapest Hotel for spectacular examples of how to maximize use of the given framing.

However, some directors either don't care or have a vary loose framing and either 4:3 or 1:77 work fine.

I'm excited to watch it again both ways and see what I think.
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Old 02-16-16, 04:27 PM   #27
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Re: Freaks & Geeks: Collector's Edition

Well said wahlers. I have this same issue when I watch Seinfeld on syndication in 16x9. Most of the time it's fine, but every once in awhile the cropping on the top and bottom is noticeable and takes me out of the show.
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Old 02-16-16, 04:46 PM   #28
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Jesus Christ! I just picked up a 24-episdoe season of X-Files (remastered beautifully for blu) for only $14. I wasn't expecting this to be that cheap, but come the fuck on!
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Old 02-17-16, 11:01 AM   #29
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Agreed. I would guess that the customer base for the X-Files is larger than the customer base for Freaks and Geeks. Plus, X-Files has a new season out now to drum up interest.
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Old 02-17-16, 01:29 PM   #30
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X-Files has a syndication-ready number of episodes so the restoration costs were almost certainly subsidized by whatever deal they may have with TNT or Sci-Fi or whatever. A library of 200+ episodes is more appealing to streaming services too.

With only 18 Freaks & Geeks can't be aired regularly on television (it airs sporadically on movie channels like Sundance and IFC due to this) and can also be easily knocked out by a binge-viewer with a 1-week Netflix trial membership. Its apples/oranges to say the least.

Shout's Pee-wee's Playhouse set was similarly-expensive and worth it.
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Old 02-17-16, 01:58 PM   #31
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Don't forget all the music clearances needed for F&G which weren't an issue for Files.
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Old 03-25-16, 09:02 AM   #32
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Having now watched the entire show widescreen from the blu-rays I have to say that I love this version. I don't think I'll watch the 1:33 versions again.
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Old 03-25-16, 01:00 PM   #33
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I've watched about half the eps. Even the cropped pilot looks great in widescreen.

I'll probably watch the OAR version when I get to the commentaries just to test the discs out but this is far from an egregious modification.
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Old 05-19-16, 06:32 PM   #34
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$74 almost everywhere which is still too high.
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Old 06-01-17, 01:32 PM   #35
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Down to $36.99 on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Freaks-and-Ge...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

EDIT: and with a quick chat on Target.com, $36.24 shipped with Red Card. Discount of $42.80. Sold!
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Old 06-01-17, 02:27 PM   #36
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I don't know if it was an exclusive to Best Buy or not, but I found a blu-ray of just the widescreen episodes, with fewer extras for only $25 at BB a while ago. That was perfect for me, since I already have the 1.33 versions and all extras on DVD.
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I don't know if it was an exclusive to Best Buy or not, but I found a blu-ray of just the widescreen episodes, with fewer extras for only $25 at BB a while ago. That was perfect for me, since I already have the 1.33 versions and all extras on DVD.
The missing Blu Ray does have an extra the Yearbook DVD set didn't have - a new 46 minute interview with Apatow and Feig. Not a huge loss, but it's there.

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