Maybe a 4:3 release *might* have been better, considering how often PPGs get used...
I mean, how important is it to see an extra couple of inches of set (and nothing else, since it was always intended to be broadcast 4:3) on either side of the picture, at the expense of losing the tops of heads, captions, etc. in other scenes?
We watched the thing originally in 4:3 - so it's not as if a 4:3 release would have resulted in us actually losing anything.
Why is there this mania to retroactively apply modern advances to older material?
You all know where you can stick your colourised Laurel & Hardy films. It was the 30's! They didn't have colour!
But, I will point out that in every example you show, the widescreen version is clearly the better-composed picture, and in only one is there anything that is even slightly important, left out. But, as many of us have pointed out repeatedly, JMS composed for wide screen from the beginning. I'm looking forward to the HD, widescreen, release...
Firstly, I should perhaps apologise for re-opening this discussion when I probably realised this has been debated at length already... But I am a newbie and I've only just started to buy the DVD sets. And I was interested to know what other people thought.
Secondly, I take on board the fact that some of the 16:9 shots might be better framed - but I'm still of the opinion that none of the shots in the original broadcast made us sit up and say "that doesn't look right"...whereas I think there's quite a few now which do. At least, might it not have been possible to re-do the more offending articles if the original film still exists (I believe all of the credits - after the main title sequence - have been done again, so why not extend that thought a little)?
Thirdly, I'm less worried about losing arcs of lightning than I am about seeing less of Lytas...er...attachments.