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The Wire Seasons 1 & 2 for $28.xx at Wal-Mart, YMMV


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#1 chimpster1313

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 11:34 PM

I didn't know where else to post this. I know it's not the GREATEST of deals, especially when you consider the entire series goes on sale for less than $100 about 3 times a year, but I was at Wal-Mart today and they had The Wire seasons 1 & 2 for about $28 a pop, which if I'm not mistaken is about 50% off the MSRP. This is probably YMMV, because I looked online, and season 1 was $54 and I didn't even see season 2 listed. Still, just a heads up.

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#2 evildeadjedi

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 11:38 PM

^Another thing is the packaging for the discs in the full set is atrocious!
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#3 chimpster1313

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 11:46 PM

^Another thing is the packaging for the discs in the full set is atrocious!


I agree. My friend had it and I hated it. It's literally the only reason I'd prefer to buy all 5 seasons separate, even if it means I spend an extra $50-$100.
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#4 Poor2More

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 11:47 PM

This show is the best, I netflixed and watch seasons 1-5 in just a months time
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#5 mission42

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:08 AM

^Another thing is the packaging for the discs in the full set is atrocious!


Yup, this is all you need to know. I bought the box set and the packaging is bad, real bad. Discs just shoved into cardboard slots, some in little baggies that don't do shit to protect the discs. It's ass, but the show is still worth it.

#6 thisboywillbreak

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:14 AM

Best show to ever air on TV (think LOST is right up there with it). I live 30 mins outside of Bmore and it's amazing how accurate the city is portrayed. Will this ever be transferred to blu-ray?

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:39 AM

Will this ever be transferred to blu-ray?

The Wire was shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio. I don't think a Blu-Ray version of the show would look any better than the DVD's. They could convert it to a 16:9 widescreen, but I would assume they would have to crop the picture. So don't hold your breath for a Blu-Ray release.

#8 tenma

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 01:15 AM

The packaging in the box set isn't the greatest, but I don't know if I'd call it "atrocious". I haven't had a problem with them sliding around and for $90 (on sale) for the complete series I can't really complain.

The Wire was shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio. I don't think a Blu-Ray version of the show would look any better than the DVD's. They could convert it to a 16:9 widescreen, but I would assume they would have to crop the picture. So don't hold your breath for a Blu-Ray release.


Yeah, I remember one of the creators of the show being asked that a while ago and his answer basically being "no". He purposefully shot it in 4:3 to establish a certain feel for the show. Bummer, though.
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#9 BingoBrown

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 02:59 AM

Awesome show. Well worth the price.

#10 Sporadic

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:43 PM

The Wire was shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio. I don't think a Blu-Ray version of the show would look any better than the DVD's. They could convert it to a 16:9 widescreen, but I would assume they would have to crop the picture. So don't hold your breath for a Blu-Ray release.


Well, 4:3 aspect ratio has nothing to do with whether or not something can be released on Blu-Ray. There are alot of 4:3 movies on Blu-Ray.

The key is whether or not it was filmed on film. If IMDB is correct that it was filmed on 35 mm, it could easily be remastered for HD release.

#11 crunchb3rry

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:58 PM

http://magazine.crea...e-hbos-the-wire

#12 TDAGARIM

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:32 AM

Well, 4:3 aspect ratio has nothing to do with whether or not something can be released on Blu-Ray. There are alot of 4:3 movies on Blu-Ray.

The key is whether or not it was filmed on film. If IMDB is correct that it was filmed on 35 mm, it could easily be remastered for HD release.

From Crunchb3rry's link

"The Wire is shot entirely with Panavision cameras. David Insley let us know that, "These later episodes of the show are shot Super 35, 3-perf, and that saves a lot of money because that means we're shooting about three quarters of the film we used to. But we're only using the 4 x 3 part, so we're losing the edges of the 16x 9, but it's less than we were using when it was 4-perf, so (the image is) somewhere between a Super 16 image and a standard 35 (mm) image.""

I'm not sure how much better a Blu-Ray release would look.

#13 SLeeK719

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:49 AM

I was always under the impression that it could not be converted to blu ray/HD but I was looking at My "HBO series On Demand" last night (I have Verizon) and The Wire season 1 was available to watch in HD...I already have the boxset which the packaging is not as bad as everyone is making it out to be(atleast mine isnt), but I watched the first episode to say if I could notice a difference in picture and the picture was def. an upgrade over the standard DVD picture but it certainly was not great either.


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Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:29 PM

Just get the complete series set and put them in a 24 disc wallet (actual retail price: $9.99). Problem solved.
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