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I thought this was shot on film.


Most of the reruns i've seen of this play it in a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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It was shot on film. But, I think you have to go back to the original negative and remaster a new positive print in the new aspect ratio from scratch. And, while that has been done with some other shows, it hasn't been done with this one.

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35mm is 4:3!

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This.

Here's some good info on different uses of 35 mm film in movies and TV: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/35_mm_movie_film

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Jesus--that's the way it was originally meant to be seen. Do you know how bad something filmed in 4:3 looks when it's blown up to fit a modern widescreen TV? It cuts off part of the image or stretches it in dustorted ways. I tried watching an old Cagney & Lacey episode on Prime recently and it had been blown up. It looked awful. If you're watching Miami Vice in 4:3, be grateful.

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