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2014-04-23 02:51:20 PM

jst3p: Classic:

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OMG I used to have both seasons on DVD. The DVD commentary from creator Alan Spencer is AWESOME! I love his rant about the laugh track they used to add to the show!
 
2014-04-23 02:59:06 PM
i.dailymail.co.uk

With you about The Wire, subby.

/couldn't finish the second season
//barely made it through the first
 
2014-04-23 03:01:02 PM

mekki: With you about The Wire, subby.

/couldn't finish the second season
//barely made it through the first


the world needs ditch-diggers too, danny.
 
2014-04-23 03:01:16 PM

redmid17: RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.

Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.


install Flash and Dolphin, now you can watch prime Iinstant video
 
2014-04-23 03:17:40 PM

jst3p: Cybernetic: FLMountainMan: The Wireis the greatest television show of all time.

Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen, except maybe The Wire.

I haven't seen the wire, but I can't think of a single show to refute your statement.

Maybe Sons of Anarchy if you ignore the Ireland season.


I quit watching that show when the Ireland thing came around.  That was so ridiculously bad piled on top of an already marginally bad show that no amount of full frontal nudity, explosions, or gunfights would get me to watch it again.
 
2014-04-23 03:23:19 PM
ermagaaad I just splooged. As a subscriber of both Netflix and Prime I dont think I can have it any better now. I can finally catch up on some amazing shows without having to shell for the boxsets. Though Band of brothers and its extras are worth it on Bluray.
 
2014-04-23 03:27:34 PM

FlashHarry: mekki: With you about The Wire, subby.

/couldn't finish the second season
//barely made it through the first

the world needs ditch-diggers too, danny.


just watched The Wire myself a few months back and the second season threw me for a bit since it seems to introduce the idea that it will be a new 'big bad' every season and all new characters (similar to the earlier seasons of True Blood).  Was very happy to see the start of season three get back into the drug gang politics.  I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.
 
2014-04-23 03:28:08 PM

ryant123: the decade before the Sopranos? Law & Order? E.R.?


Those two and probably NYPD Blue.

The sopranos changed TV.

The Shield really got things moving being basic on basic cable.  Much larger audience.
 
2014-04-23 03:29:27 PM

LeroyBourne: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

I'm on S3 Ep 1.  It gets better and better.


Just wait, season 4 is the best of all. Then the precipitous drop...
 
2014-04-23 03:29:52 PM

jst3p: GleeUnit: Here's the complete content list.  This is also a staggered deal - more content will phase into service over the course of the next three years, including Veep, Girls, Hung, and others.

Eastbound and Down is such a horrible funny show.


It can be uncomfortable to watch.  I would put some scenes in that show up against the infamous GoT scene from last Sunday.
 
2014-04-23 03:30:12 PM
kenryoku_one:
No, Weeds and Dexter's last season were terrible because the writers ran out of ideas.
The last season of the Wire focuses on something a little different that the previous 4 seasons but it's definitely not terrible nor poorly written, just different.


But The Wire did that in Season 2 as well (or whichever one focused on the shipping yard). A bunch of characters were introduced and featured prominently but then didn't end up meaning much to the overall arc of the series and were barely in the following seasons. I liked season 5 better than 2.

And my favorite season, #4, was a shift too. the main character (or closest thing to it) we've been following for 3 seasons is barely in it.
 
2014-04-23 03:32:12 PM

Hyjamon: I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.


Except season 2 tells you exactly where the drugs come from. And it sets up things in the future seasons with respect to the Co-op and Prop Joe.
 
2014-04-23 03:33:27 PM

bhcompy: redmid17: RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.

Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.

install Flash and Dolphin, now you can watch prime Iinstant video


I've perused a few guides and it looks like it might be something I pursue. The downside is that the Evo 4G is not exactly a new phone, so the capability might not be there for the video playback when set to desktop. My current phone could probably handle it though.
 
2014-04-23 03:36:02 PM
For me personally season 4 is the only season which wasnt amazing but i love them all anyways. Fantastic characterization.
 
2014-04-23 03:38:18 PM

Rent Party: I quit watching that show when the Ireland thing came around.  That was so ridiculously bad piled on top of an already marginally bad show that no amount of full frontal nudity, explosions, or gunfights would get me to watch it again.


It really started out as a good show and became some sort of weird hybrid of a soap opera and a TV version of the game Grand Theft Auto. I mean the plotlines got more and more over the top as did the crazy and meaningless violence and action scenes. Making the episodes 90 minutes last season was even worse since they just added bunch of filler (usually a couple of musical montages). Plus there always seems to be a crazy action scene in the middle of each episode with loud music shot like a music video. David Chase, creator of the Sopranos, used to hate it that a section of the fanbase was always calling for more violence and crazy action. It is like the creator of SOA is writing a show for those fans.
 
2014-04-23 03:39:43 PM

under a mountain: How about this?
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You mutherfarker, you. Damn, you just put me in a time machine. Nothing better to a 14 year old than a show that guaranteed you a pair of tits in every episode.
 
2014-04-23 03:40:24 PM

mechgreg: Hyjamon: I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.

Except season 2 tells you exactly where the drugs come from. And it sets up things in the future seasons with respect to the Co-op and Prop Joe.


I agree, but those could be setup in a single episode and not a whole season.

But I do enjoy a lot of Prop Joe's scenes, especially if you pay attention to his propositions, prices and dealing.  He was crafty at making a profit at any time in a deal.
 
2014-04-23 03:46:47 PM
I wants me some Larry Sanders Show.  My kids are growing out of them but Crashbox, Little Curious, and Harold and the Purple Crayon would be nice. You can't even get the first two on DVD.
 
2014-04-23 03:47:26 PM
For me, Amazon is great for tv shows and Netflix is great for movies and hard to find documentaries. So this news is all good.
 
2014-04-23 03:48:41 PM

Rent Party: jst3p: Cybernetic: FLMountainMan: The Wireis the greatest television show of all time.

Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen, except maybe The Wire.

I haven't seen the wire, but I can't think of a single show to refute your statement.

Maybe Sons of Anarchy if you ignore the Ireland season.

I quit watching that show when the Ireland thing came around.  That was so ridiculously bad piled on top of an already marginally bad show that no amount of full frontal nudity, explosions, or gunfights would get me to watch it again.


I think my favorite comment I ever read about the sons of Anarchy wa that Jax cannot eat a bowl of cereal without getting a member of the gang killed.
 
2014-04-23 03:49:00 PM

redmid17: cannibalparrot: redmid17: Johnny Texas: notarobot: Amazon already does this.

What?  No they don't.

Yep Amazon searches for "Game of Thrones season 4" yields a nice chunk of already released DVDs and the ability to purchase streaming episodes from seasons 1-3.

I think he wants to purchase season 4 episodes 24 hours after they air, like they do with most other shows.

That is probably true. Itunes does that for a lot of shows. Amazon might too (not sure as I have a DVR and usually record shows I want to watch later). That doesn't change the fact he was dead wrong about them being available for purchase after 24 hours of air time. If they did that, then maybe the piracy numbers wouldn't have hit record breaking levels yet*

*doubtful. That show is awesome


Sorry, I was talking about the original poster, and may have lost the thread.

/Go Go Gadget-Daydrinking!
 
2014-04-23 03:49:38 PM

mechgreg: Hyjamon: I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.

Except season 2 tells you exactly where the drugs come from. And it sets up things in the future seasons with respect to the Co-op and Prop Joe.


Not only that, you get that priceless scene where the Nick says to the dealer: "You know you're white, right?"
 
2014-04-23 03:51:25 PM
Breaking Bad was an instant classic. I don't think anyone would argue with that...
 
2014-04-23 03:51:54 PM

Bawdy George: mechgreg: Hyjamon: I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.

Except season 2 tells you exactly where the drugs come from. And it sets up things in the future seasons with respect to the Co-op and Prop Joe.

Not only that, you get that priceless scene where the Nick says to the dealer: "You know you're white, right?"


LOL that season was awesome. I for one loved the shipyard season.
 
2014-04-23 03:52:57 PM

yequalsy: I wants me some Larry Sanders Show.  My kids are growing out of them but Crashbox, Little Curious, and Harold and the Purple Crayon would be nice. You can't even get the first two on DVD.


I think Larry Sanders show is on Crackle.com, for free even.
 
2014-04-23 03:54:51 PM
 
2014-04-23 03:56:08 PM

cannibalparrot: redmid17: cannibalparrot: redmid17: Johnny Texas: notarobot: Amazon already does this.

What?  No they don't.

Yep Amazon searches for "Game of Thrones season 4" yields a nice chunk of already released DVDs and the ability to purchase streaming episodes from seasons 1-3.

I think he wants to purchase season 4 episodes 24 hours after they air, like they do with most other shows.

That is probably true. Itunes does that for a lot of shows. Amazon might too (not sure as I have a DVR and usually record shows I want to watch later). That doesn't change the fact he was dead wrong about them being available for purchase after 24 hours of air time. If they did that, then maybe the piracy numbers wouldn't have hit record breaking levels yet*

*doubtful. That show is awesome

Sorry, I was talking about the original poster, and may have lost the thread.

/Go Go Gadget-Daydrinking!


I was too.

/ i want to day drink
 
2014-04-23 04:00:49 PM
The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.
 
2014-04-23 04:00:51 PM

redmid17: bhcompy: redmid17: RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.

Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.

install Flash and Dolphin, now you can watch prime Iinstant video

I've perused a few guides and it looks like it might be something I pursue. The downside is that the Evo 4G is not exactly a new phone, so the capability might not be there for the video playback when set to desktop. My current phone could probably handle it though.


Last time I tried Android + Flash + Dolphin (etc.), I felt the experience pretty poor. The Amazon web video interface which works okay with mice is just a poor match on a phone where the little itty bitty controls will be frobbed by enormous fingers (in comparison to tiny mice.)

It worked, but I tried it a couple of times and set it aside.

I think it might work better on a tablet...
 
2014-04-23 04:04:29 PM

browntimmy: kenryoku_one:
No, Weeds and Dexter's last season were terrible because the writers ran out of ideas.
The last season of the Wire focuses on something a little different that the previous 4 seasons but it's definitely not terrible nor poorly written, just different.

But The Wire did that in Season 2 as well (or whichever one focused on the shipping yard). A bunch of characters were introduced and featured prominently but then didn't end up meaning much to the overall arc of the series and were barely in the following seasons. I liked season 5 better than 2.

And my favorite season, #4, was a shift too. the main character (or closest thing to it) we've been following for 3 seasons is barely in it.


I read that was by request of the actor, so he could spend more time with his family overseas.
 
2014-04-23 04:05:10 PM
I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.
 
2014-04-23 04:11:48 PM

roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.


What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..
 
2014-04-23 04:17:11 PM

stappawho: roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.

What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..


I dont think it matters whether they filmed it in HD or not they should be able to rescan the footage to HD resolutions. I mean several older movies Wizard of Oz, gone with the wind etc.. are all available in bluray and the restoration is phenomenal on those. I think it's just a question of the creator not wanting to release it in anything HD.
 
2014-04-23 04:44:16 PM

roflmaonow: stappawho: roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.

What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..

I dont think it matters whether they filmed it in HD or not they should be able to rescan the footage to HD resolutions. I mean several older movies Wizard of Oz, gone with the wind etc.. are all available in bluray and the restoration is phenomenal on those. I think it's just a question of the creator not wanting to release it in anything HD.


Hell, 35mm on up looks good enough that you can get 4K out of it.
 
2014-04-23 04:49:07 PM

redmid17: but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.


Never happen, now that they have their own streaming hardware.
 
2014-04-23 04:54:42 PM

cookiefleck: For me, Amazon is great for tv shows and Netflix is great for movies and hard to find documentaries. So this news is all good.


You sure you don't have that the other way around?  That was true in 2012, but now it's 2014.  Amazon is increasingly better than Netflix at movies, while Netflix seems to have better shows.

Amazon also has a superior movie recommendation algorithm than Netflix could ever dream of.  I'm just tired of seeing all these garbage movies that Netflix keeps suggesting.
 
2014-04-23 04:54:42 PM
I couldn't get into The Wire...and really I can't even express my true, yet perfectly valid, opinion on the show without being called a troll. However, The Sopranos is fantastic.
 
2014-04-23 04:56:04 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: roflmaonow: stappawho: roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.

What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..

I dont think it matters whether they filmed it in HD or not they should be able to rescan the footage to HD resolutions. I mean several older movies Wizard of Oz, gone with the wind etc.. are all available in bluray and the restoration is phenomenal on those. I think it's just a question of the creator not wanting to release it in anything HD.

Hell, 35mm on up looks good enough that you can get 4K out of it.


I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution. so yea anything with 35mm is more than enough. Peter Gabriel's Secret World Live was shot on 16mm and that's not bad looking either on bluray.
 
2014-04-23 05:05:15 PM

roflmaonow: I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution.


It's a piece of garbage at any resolution.
 
2014-04-23 05:08:37 PM

The Banana Thug: cookiefleck: For me, Amazon is great for tv shows and Netflix is great for movies and hard to find documentaries. So this news is all good.

You sure you don't have that the other way around?  That was true in 2012, but now it's 2014.  Amazon is increasingly better than Netflix at movies, while Netflix seems to have better shows.

Amazon also has a superior movie recommendation algorithm than Netflix could ever dream of.  I'm just tired of seeing all these garbage movies that Netflix keeps suggesting.


What you call "garbage movies" others may call "thought provoking" "challenging" and "provocative". The beauty of Netflix is that it merely suggests things. You have ultimate control as to what you watch. Then again, I'm more of a drama, comedy and documentary kind of gal. Hate the sci fi genre.
 
2014-04-23 05:12:07 PM

MayoSlather: I couldn't get into The Wire...and really I can't even express my true, yet perfectly valid, opinion on the show without being called a troll. However, The Sopranos is fantastic.


There's a difference between not liking something subjectively vs objectively.
 
2014-04-23 05:14:06 PM

cookiefleck: What you call "garbage movies" others may call "thought provoking" "challenging" and "provocative". The beauty of Netflix is that it merely suggests things. You have ultimate control as to what you watch. Then again, I'm more of a drama, comedy and documentary kind of gal. Hate the sci fi genre.


Cookie Googleman?! From what I remember, that's not the only kind of gal you are.
 
2014-04-23 05:15:25 PM

stappawho: roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.

What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..


It was shot on film with an intended aspect ratio of 4:3.

Film is greater than 1080p HD -- about 4k to 6k.

David Simon has maintained that he doesn't want The Wire converted to HD because he wants the show to have a TV feel because of the surveillance meta aspect.
 
2014-04-23 05:16:30 PM

foo monkey: redmid17: but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.

Never happen, now that they have their own streaming hardware.


Are you talking about the amazon fire? If so, that's pretty much irrevelant to my point. I mean being able to watch not attached to a TV.
I'm sure someone would come up with a workaround eventually.

If you're talking about mobile devices and the kindle, well that's more or less been the situation for a few years.
 
2014-04-23 05:17:14 PM
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2014-04-23 05:21:34 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: roflmaonow: stappawho: roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.

What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..

I dont think it matters whether they filmed it in HD or not they should be able to rescan the footage to HD resolutions. I mean several older movies Wizard of Oz, gone with the wind etc.. are all available in bluray and the restoration is phenomenal on those. I think it's just a question of the creator not wanting to release it in anything HD.

Hell, 35mm on up looks good enough that you can get 4K out of it.


35mm is a very high resolution format -- about 4k.

A bit of an irony is that 30 year old TV shows shot on 35mm film (even 16mm) look better on Blu-ray than shows shot digitally at 1k to 2k because film is such a high resolution medium.
 
2014-04-23 05:21:40 PM

Hebalo: roflmaonow: I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution.

It's a piece of garbage at any resolution.


I haven't made up my mind yet about that movie, I mean it was very slow but the performances were great by the lead actors. I'll need to watch it again when I'm in that 'slow movie oscar-bait watching' mode.
 
2014-04-23 05:24:53 PM

InmanRoshi: There's a name for people like you, subby.

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Pancakes anyone?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f31PLcCXD0U&feature=kp
 
2014-04-23 05:27:23 PM
Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit.

// anybody?
 
2014-04-23 05:31:32 PM

roflmaonow: Hebalo: roflmaonow: I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution.

It's a piece of garbage at any resolution.

I haven't made up my mind yet about that movie, I mean it was very slow but the performances were great by the lead actors. I'll need to watch it again when I'm in that 'slow movie oscar-bait watching' mode.


I love PTA's films, but this one was just ....not good.
 
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