The Wire Gets High-Def Remastering, HBO to Mark Release With Marathon

The Wire is getting a little tightening for the holidays, so to speak.

HBO’s acclaimed, Baltimore-set drama has undergone a high-definition remastering that will be unveiled with a late December marathon on HBO Signature, followed by a digital debut in January and finally a Blu-Ray release next summer.

According to the cabler, all 60 episodes of The Wire have been remastered for “a tighter fit on widescreen TVs and computer/tablet screens. The original negatives were scanned, edited, dust-busted and color-corrected with great care and attention taken to stay true to the look and feel of the original Standard-Definition 4×3 version.”

UPDATE: Series creator David Simon has gone into detail with his thoughts on the 16×9 widescreen conversion, which, in a nutshell, he has grown accustomed to.

The HBO Signature marathon will play all five seasons consecutively, beginning Friday, Dec. 26 at Noon/11c, and ending on Tuesday, Dec. 30. (The show will be available in HD on HBO GO starting Dec. 26, as well.)

Subsequently, The Wire: The Complete Series in HD will go on sale at iTunes, Google Play, X-Box Video and Vudu on January 5. The exact Summer 2015 release date for a HD/Blu-Ray version has not yet been set.

Stoked about seeing The Wire in a new light? Will you be watching the full 60 hours or just turning in for specific episodes? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Tea says:

    Awesome. I guess I’ll give it a watch now. Was it shot in widescreen but aired in 4:3?

    • Shot on film but aired in the pre-HD era, much like Buffy. I think it’s nice that such a deserving series will be getting this treatment, but I seriously doubt I would double dip after I spent so much on the DVDs. HBO has been historically greedy with the prices for just single season box sets that went for as much as $70 for 13 episodes. I’m expecting them to charge $200 for the blu-ray set. At least.

  2. Tran says:

    My favorite HBO series of all time in The Wire. There’s a reason all five seasons were in Standard-Definition 4×3 and I can’t wait to see the entire series in HD (wide-screen like).

  3. Jenna says:

    This is great news. I’m in for the marathon, at the very least.

  4. Joe says:

    Will they add the HD version to Amazon Prime?

  5. Rob says:

    Greatest TV show ever.

  6. Holly says:

    Can’t wait. The Wire is one of my favorite series of all time.

  7. sladewilson says:

    Oh this is can’t miss TV. My favorite all-time series is back with a fresh coat of paint!!!!

  8. Joey says:

    Ain’t nothing wrong with this news.

  9. TDXI says:

    One of the best shows ever.

  10. One of the best series EVEH. The writing was stellar – some of the best in the business including David Simon, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, Laura Lippman, and dozens of others. Period dialogue, period music, and engaging throughout. Amazingly some of the best characters were played by actors with British accents in real life. Astonishingly accurate portrayal of Baltimore and many big urban environments with drug problems and crime problems. Unvarnished all the way. I was looking for a reason to revisit the whole series. Now i’ll have one.

  11. Lisa says:

    This was my absolute FAVORITE series! Thank God I am on vacation so I can see each and every episode! It’s been sooooooo long since I’ve series that It will be like seeing it for the first time..Can’t wait….