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Old January 20th 21, 18:14   #61
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Just got to Chrysalis on my S1 Amazon rewatch and this is the 4:3 remastered version despite the rest of the season having been the 16:9 DVD version. The drop shadow on the credits font is a little annoying but the SFX do look much better.
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Old January 26th 21, 11:38   #62
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Interesting article here about the new remastering: https://www.engadget.com/babylon-5-r...080058907.html

Some interesting comments in the article. Apparently it took 6 years to do all the remastering (and they still managed to mess up a couple of episodes! Can anyone confirm if they've been fixed for HBO Max?) and was a "labour of love" for all involved (hard to believe Warners would do anything out of love for B5!).

WB also "declined to comment" about a blu-ray release, though the article concludes that one is unlikely since it's going on HBO Max. That might explain why the rumoured blu-ray release has been associated with Warners UK – we don't have HBO Max over here. Though with less than 2 months before it's meant to be released according to that leaked info from the Danish website, we don't even have official pre-orders yet so I'm getting a little worried on that front!

Still, I'd be amazed if a blu-ray doesn't come out eventually - WB are going to want to maximise their profits as much as they can, especially if they really spent so much effort doing the remasters, and I imagine the audience for B5 is going to be mostly over-40s, who I imagine don't stream as much product as younger viewers do.
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Old January 27th 21, 21:34   #63
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I know I won't be spending $14.99 a month for HBOMAX. That ridiculous price is more than two of my other streaming service payments. Just can't spend that much right now. I already own the DVDs and a backup DVD set. Plus I own it digitally on Vudu and Amazon, and I think iTunes as well, but I so rarely use iTunes I can't recall.
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Old January 29th 21, 08:23   #64
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The discshop.se Bluray listing now shows a release date of 2021-12-31. This is looking increasingly unreliable.

On the flip side, the B5 listings on amazon.co.uk are now showing as 'Remastered' (again). I checked my purchase of SiL (which I purchased over a year ago), and it is indeed now in 4:3 format.
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Old January 29th 21, 17:53   #65
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The discshop.se Bluray listing now shows a release date of 2021-12-31. This is looking increasingly unreliable.

On the flip side, the B5 listings on amazon.co.uk are now showing as 'Remastered' (again). I checked my purchase of SiL (which I purchased over a year ago), and it is indeed now in 4:3 format.
WOW! Thanks for the update. I guess I can spend that money I was setting aside.
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Old January 29th 21, 18:28   #66
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Amazon are definitely selling HD files now. Just bought Season 2!
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Old January 30th 21, 22:40   #67
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I know I won't be spending $14.99 a month for HBOMAX.
I felt I needed to clarify something here so as to not seem like I am just being cheap. There is another more important reason I am not giving HBOMAX my $14.99 a month. That reason is that I am a movie theater guy. I LOVE going to see movies and what WB is doing with HBOMAX is an attempt to cut out that industry. If someone can give me evidence otherwise please do, but it makes sense to them economically to put an end to theaters. They don't need them with the power of streaming. The theaters are a drain on a fraction of WB's profits. Cut out the theaters and that fraction becomes profit. The same goes for physical media. Making a disc costs them money. Stop making discs and you control how, when, and for how much people see your product every time they want to see it.

My point is I really hate where all this is headed. They want you to pay them directly to stream their products. You have no control over it other than whether or not it is something you want to see and therefore choose to pay for. This is headed toward paying every time you want to watch any movie or show they make, aka THEIR dream come true. Couple that with the fact that now we here in the U.S. are being billed by streaming sites AND the internet providers for the amount we stream and it feels like lose / lose to me. ........... And yes I am going off on a rampaging tangent that I never should have started because you all know how weak I am and that I will probably eventually give in and start paying them $14.99 because my brain will think if I just do that they will think there is still interest in the show and then make something new for B5, even if it is just a new line of T-Shirts! .......

(Hmmmm appropriate emoji here? .... I want to laugh and cry at the same time.)
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Old February 1st 21, 17:36   #68
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Interesting:
https://www.ean-search.org/?q=5051892231879
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Indeed... though it does seem to be linking back to the Discshop website, which is where a listing for the blu-ray first appeared. Until it's confirmed by another site - Amazon, HMV, etc I'm not sure we can trust that listing anymore. Though I think there will be a blu-ray release eventually hopefully this year!
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Old February 5th 21, 18:00   #70
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Well I think the HBO MAX addition means there likely won't be a physical media release for awhile, and I doubt it will be available in the U.S. SO someone needs to make sure a European release is NOT Region Locked. I'll support any kind of action that needs to happen to prevent Region Locking. I will help plan any covert mission required to prevent Region Locking. Look into my eyes! I really don't want a Region Locked U.K. Release.
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