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Old 01-17-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone here has been watching The Sopranos on A&E they started running the series with 2 back to back episodes a week with no more then a minuete edited out for commercials? I have been recording them on my dvr unit as I always loved watching The Sopranos.
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:38 PM   #2
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Are the really not editing for content? I always figured it would look like this MadTV skit for The Sopranos on PAX:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=FmX-SSJO-ug
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I've watched a little of it, and it's not too bad. But one thing does bug me, it's being show in full-screen, now unless I'm wrong and earlier episodes were shown that way, I thought all episodes were in widescreen. As you can tell I'm a widescreen fanatic, and the 4th and 5th season box sets we have they're in widescreen. We don't own the first three yet, so anyone who might have some insight on this, I would greatly appreciate it.
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I could be mistaken, and I don't have the first season on DVD, but I thought the show started out as full screen, and it only became widescreen later.
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I could be mistaken, and I don't have the first season on DVD, but I thought the show started out as full screen, and it only became widescreen later.
That's my recollection, too.

I'm not watching it on A&E. I have it on DVD. I'm watching "Northern Exposure" showing on Universal HD. It's got the original music, which is lacking from the DVDs.
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All five-and-a-half seasons are in wide screen on the DVD's, although the 1st may be some weird combination of wide and full. I'm not sure since I have an old fashioned Sony Wega 27-inch screen. As for the A&E shows, I hate censorship but I am pleasantly surprised at how the voice over-dubbing worked out. Far from perfect mind you--it does seem a little silly to keep hearing "frigging" instead of "fucking"...but they've come a long way since the "Flip you!" days of 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High' type "edited for TV" versions. Certain words like "asshole" are left in tact. The ladies of the Bada Bing are not showing their breasts in the A&E version . Not quite the same as the uncensored versions, but far from unwatchable. The acting and storylines are what made The Sopranos a great show.

Interesting to note that A&E isn't even required to follow FCC standards since they are not an over-the-air station. Most non-premium cable channels tow the censorship line on their own so as not to piss off cable operators who tend to over-react to complaints by a few yahoos.
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I watched about 5 minutes last night of The Soprano’s on A&E HD. Awful. The language edits are sickening, I’ll watch it on HBO or DVD.
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I am a huge Sopranos fan... but I cannot watch it on A&E. It was a nice jesture of A&E to put it on the air, but the raw language makes the series more believeable.
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I've watched a little of it, and it's not too bad. But one thing does bug me, it's being show in full-screen, now unless I'm wrong and earlier episodes were shown that way, I thought all episodes were in widescreen. As you can tell I'm a widescreen fanatic, and the 4th and 5th season box sets we have they're in widescreen. We don't own the first three yet, so anyone who might have some insight on this, I would greatly appreciate it.
Yes, all the DVD season sets are presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer because HBO has broadcast it that way from the start. I just wish they would do that to ALL their series and feature-film presentations.

I'm in total agreement and simply refuse to watch anything that's not presented in it's original aspect ratio. And A&E doesn't only have the balls to air it full-screen, but also has the audacity to edit the show for content. In fact, I took an online survey a few weeks back asking if I'd consider watching an "edited for content" version on A&E--my response was "Not on your fucking life". They're even promoting this version by advertising it in movie theaters before the trailers start! All this coming from a former high-brow channel that supposedly still stands for "Arts and Entertainment" that now resorts to airing edited for content programming from other networks and loads of shitty reality TV shows. It's basically dumbed it's programming down just like AMC did a few years back.

Trust me, if this hacked-up version of "The Sopranos" is your introduction to the show, then you're doing yourself a great disservice and not watching the true series. Would you watch "Scarface" ('83) or "The Godfather" that way...fuck no! You see, the whole widescreen presentation is an integral part of the series as it was always intended to be a "cinematic" experience--every episode is suppose to feel like you're watching a movie. So unless you prefer the wrong Aspect Ratio, the majority of the language edited, the nudity completely cut out, commercial interruptions, and like having network graphics filling up half the screen telling you what's coming up next then stay the fuck away from this version and rent/buy the DVDs!
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I must say thank you all for the help on the Widescreen/ "Foolscreen" dillema. And thanks Chad for the outstanding help, I couldn't agree more, especially about how the widescreen versions are the only true way to watch and appreciate a movie or TV show. That's a lot of the reason I don't subscribe to HBO or the other services anymore, they seldom show movies in widescreen (if ever). Now AMC and some others are getting better, but try watching a movie that was filmed at 2.35:1 or so in fullscreen, if your eyes don't hurt then there's no hope for you. Can anyone imaging watching Lord Of The Rings in fullscreen , if that's not a hack job I don't know what is.

I can just hear them complaining now about how the special extend versions are in Widescreen only. It's the Wal-Mart mentality run amok.
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That's a lot of the reason I don't subscribe to HBO or the other services anymore, they seldom show movies in widescreen (if ever).
Get HBO HD. They show everything I watch in the correct aspect ratio (and hi def).
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Great, now I feel like a real douche with my Sony Wega 27" flat screen. Damn these message boards!
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Get HBO HD. They show everything I watch in the correct aspect ratio (and hi def).
I've heard that as well about other hi def channels, like Lost is shown in widescreen on ABC high def, but then in full-screen on regular broadcast. That's one reason I buy the box sets of that show, to finally watch the show how it was filmed.

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Hey don't feel bad, I've got a 27" Toshiba flat screen to watch all this on (it's not even hi-def). I think I've got a killer picture, sure I lose some height to the picture, but it's a small price to pay. Try using the 16:9 mode to watch some of the more extreme widescreen movies, like LOTR or Batman Begins. It'll show the movie in a window closer to a 1.85:1, and you'll still get all of the picture on the sides.
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Any censorship is friggin' retarded.
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