Here’s news to make fans of The Wireexcited yet again. Back in September, a leaked trailer accidentally broke news that HBO was planning to air a digitally remastered version of The Wire, the first time the series would be available in a widescreen/HD format. Now, the network has confirmed the announcement, and will air a marathon of the entire remastered series. Starting December 26, HBOwill air all five seasons of The Wire over a five day session.
The process of converting the entire series from its original aspect ratio of 4:3 to the now common-to-TV 16:9 ratio raised some flags with creator and persistent show-runner David Simon. Hebroke down the entire process of the conversion and his initial apprehension in a lengthy blog post.
After involving himself in the conversion process, Simon explains that the conversion effect isn’t always great.