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VMPhil9,775 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Slight tangent sorry but this has reminded me, when Season 8 of Scrubs was filmed in HD and then released on both Bluray and DVD, the bluray remains at 16:9 ratio, where as the DVD has been pointlessly cropped to 4:3 even though that would probably take more effort than just using SD copies at 16:9... what reason would there be for diminishing the ratio of something like that?


My uneducated guess is that they would have had the two versions for HD/SD channels, and it was (marginally) quicker/easier/more seductive to plop the cropped SD version straight onto DVD. Was it a similar situation with audio - 5.1 on Bluray, stereo on DVD?

David


The reasoning from Disney was the other seven seasons are in 4:3 Rolling Eyes

One day Scrubs may get a transfer to either 4:3 or 16:9 HD since it was filmed on Super16mm with protection for 16:9 aspect ratio from day one. But that would mean rescanning and editing the episodes together.


I'm really confused about this, since the creator/writer of Scrubs said that 4:3 was an artistic choice and that 16:9 would ruin the shots of the hospital. What changed?
Mr-Stabby2,745 posts since 4 Feb 2004
London London
Slight tangent sorry but this has reminded me, when Season 8 of Scrubs was filmed in HD and then released on both Bluray and DVD, the bluray remains at 16:9 ratio, where as the DVD has been pointlessly cropped to 4:3 even though that would probably take more effort than just using SD copies at 16:9... what reason would there be for diminishing the ratio of something like that?


My uneducated guess is that they would have had the two versions for HD/SD channels, and it was (marginally) quicker/easier/more seductive to plop the cropped SD version straight onto DVD. Was it a similar situation with audio - 5.1 on Bluray, stereo on DVD?

David


The reasoning from Disney was the other seven seasons are in 4:3 Rolling Eyes

One day Scrubs may get a transfer to either 4:3 or 16:9 HD since it was filmed on Super16mm with protection for 16:9 aspect ratio from day one. But that would mean rescanning and editing the episodes together.


I'm really confused about this, since the creator/writer of Scrubs said that 4:3 was an artistic choice and that 16:9 would ruin the shots of the hospital. What changed?


I seem to remember reading somewhere that the cameraman on the production shot it unofficially with 16:9 in mind, just in case a widescreen version were to ever become an option.

I've seen the Bluray versions of Season 9, and it really doesn't stand up in HD. Way too grainy in my view. Needed to be in 35mm.
remlap876 posts since 24 Dec 2005
HTV Wales Wales Today
I'm really confused about this, since the creator/writer of Scrubs said that 4:3 was an artistic choice and that 16:9 would ruin the shots of the hospital. What changed?

They never said such a thing, it was cost factor, Scrubs was always cheap, NBC was not willing to put up with the cost of scanning and editing in HD. It's probably why they didn't go HD in Season 6 after the test episode in HD during Season 5 just cost to much to keep the show on air.

I seem to remember reading somewhere that the cameraman on the production shot it unofficially with 16:9 in mind, just in case a widescreen version were to ever become an option.

I've seen the Bluray versions of Season 9, and it really doesn't stand up in HD. Way too grainy in my view. Needed to be in 35mm.

Season 9 was never out on Blu-ray you're probably thinking of iTunes?

But the director of photography on Season 9 was a different person from rest of the years mostly.
Orry Verducci1,644 posts since 1 Feb 2005
Anglia (West) Look East
I've happened upon E4 broadcasting 16:9 episodes from S8 in 4:3 also, perhaps this was done in the initial SD transfers for US broadcast reasons?

While I'm no expert on the matter, it seemed it was mearly a playout mistake with the show being marked as 4:3 like the previous seasons until E4 HD launched and they realised. I say this as one episode mid-season did air in 16:9, only to go back to 4:3 for the repeat.

I believe the playout for 4's channels is similar to the BBC's, where 4:3 content is played as 16:9 pillarbox and then cropped back to 4:3 before transmission, so an incorrect flag in the playout chain would cause the show to be cropped as seen.