This is a video I watched a few weeks ago about the awful Buffy HD remaster:
That video does mention The Wire as an example of a HD remaster done right. Star Trek TNG is pretty much spot on too (apart from some iffy effects work when CBS outsourced it to get it done quicker) Some are better than others.
TV shows shot on film before the mid-late 80s were usually edited on film which usually makes it fairly straightforward to convert them into HD, it's from the mid-80s onwards when they switched to editing on video and a HD remaster requires going back to the original film (if it even still exists) and re-editing from scratch and redoing effects work, which where bad decisions often end up being made.
I think Cheers was one of the earliest HD remasters to be done that way, that one was done way back in the early 00s (from what I read, the first 4 seasons were edited on film- but they still have recreated end credits even though they could have kept the original optical film ones). I always remember how bad the old versions that Channel 4 and Paramount Comedy used to show, they looked dreadful (and you still see some shots like it in the remastered versions, presumably because they couldn't find the original film and had to use the existing SD material).
Last edited by james-2001 on 10 June 2019 8:43pm