I started watching Babylon 5 for the first real time

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  1. JoeD80

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    No it most definitely was not. Filming in widescreen was not done until the series go-ahead and John Flinn becoming the director of photography.
     
  2. bigdaddy

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    Wrong show. :-p

    On Futurama ask was replaced with I think "ast". It was introduced in the Christmas Story and at least once a season is still used.
     
  3. Tulin

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    Oh okay - the other half is a HUGE Futurama fan but I find it a bit too random and kooky.

    Have they ever done any B5 stuff on Futurama?
     
  4. tomswift2002

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    The TV sets were mastered from the HD broadcast tapes that were created for Sci-Fi in 1998. So if you ever see the series broadcast in HD you are seeing the exact same masters as on the DVD.

    And don't listen to others who say that "The Gathering" wasn't shot in widescreen. It was shot in exactly the same way as the rest of the series, and there were never any anamorphic lenses used.
     
  5. Jan

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    Well, no...it wasn't.

    http://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-8119

    Jan
     
  6. Forbin

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    I heard it was shot in 3D Cinerama 70mm and scored by The Police with a Wurlitzer organ!
    :D
     
  7. Jan

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    Man, *nobody* can keep a secret anymore! :lol:

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  8. Neroon

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    The things you learn these days.........
     
  9. JoeD80

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    The widescreen versions weren't done in 1998. TNT reran the full screen versions. Sci-Fi channel didn't do the widescreen versions until 2000.

    Why would sci-fi channel get every episode converted *except* for the pilot if it was done that way? That makes no logical sense.

    And they did do a faux widescreen with it at the time by just cropping the top and bottom. If one has seen the two-part split of 'The Gathering' they would have seen this version.

    Also here's an earlier quote from Joe from 1992:

     
  10. jayceee

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    FWIW, at the left and right edges of the 16:9 video screen on this 50 cents widescreen "The Gathering" dvd, there are narrow vertical black bars.

    I took out a measuring tape and measured the video screen ratio without the vertical black bars. This hand measurement is approximately a 1.73 or 1.74 actual video screen ratio.