I noticed that Seinfeld has appeared here in the UK on Amazon Prime, with little or no fanfare. It recently sold in the States to Hulu for a bucket load of cash, so it was a bit of a surprise to see it turn up on our digital shores to be honest. And I wondered if it was the original broadcast (not syndication) episodes, and if they were in 4:3 or widescreen.

It turns out they’re in widescreen.

Now, I don’t know how I feel about these conversions. Maybe. If they’re done with care and supervised (or at least approved by) the original creators. I know directors like Ken Levine were conscious of the dilemma of framing for both screen formats around that time, and usually favoured the 4:3 format. And having watched one episode last night, I have to admit, the show felt a bit different. Maybe because I’m so used to the 4:3 format for it, for sure, but it just felt a little odd somehow. Not enough to affect the brilliance of the show, but enough to put me on a gentle edge throughout.

I’ll get used to it, I’m sure. But if not, I always have my well produced, excellently remastered DVD sets to fall back on.

Am I imagining it? Does it feel different really? What do you think?

, ,
Buy My Books
  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s […]

Most Read
  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first […]

From The Archive

Sign up for my FREE newsletter