Technology done badly: HD remastering of a 4:3 TV show

Remastered HD Version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Full Of Problems : When Buffy first hit the airwaves in 1997, it was filmed in standard definition with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Nowadays many TV owners have 16:9 widescreen sets capable of much higher definition. So what do you do when you want to go back and rewatch those old shows—leave them in the correct aspect ratio and do what you can to improve the quality of the original film? No, in the case of 20th century Fox’s remastered version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you totally ruin them and make whatever the heck changes you want regardless of creator intent. Whee!

LMAO (twitter): ...the only explanation possible is that they had a computer do auto-cropping for giant portions of the show with no one supervising [...] Pores and freckles are basically seen as film grain by DNR processes so that's why everyone's faces suddenly look plastic and doll like in the remaster. [...] "with widescreen you can see more of the picture...including our film crew that wasn't intended to be seen" [...] So you know when actors aren't in the shot but are still saying something? That's usually dialogue dubbed in. However, this means you'll see the (NOT SUPPOSED TO BE SEEN) actor's lips not moving while the audio is playing if you "extended the sides" like they did in the remaster.

Joss Whedon Says Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Widescreen Remaster Is Nonsense: One might think that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayerwould be overjoyed with Fox remastering the series in HD. One would be wrong. As reported by Vox (via the Verge), Fox’s 16:9 HD remaster, which is currently being used for Buffy reruns on Pivot, has caused numerous errors that would never have appeared in Buffy’s original 4:3 format, including being able to see members of the production crew in shots...


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