Simon Black

Millennium Season 1 Widescreen Version available ?

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Hello,

does anyone know if there is a widescreen version of season 1 like season 2 & 3 ?

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Hi Simon,

Only season two and three were filmed in widescreen 16:9, sorry. The DVD aspect ratios for each season are listed below.

Season 1:

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio - Full Frame version 4:3

Season 2:

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio - Full Frame version 16:9

Season 3:

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio - Full Frame Version 16:9

Regards

Graham

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Well, they were filmed in the same way as the X-Files, and The X-Files are now available in 16:9 on Netflix. It's just that FOX would have to bother making a new version. The actual footage is much larger than either 4:3 or 16:9 image we get...they film for both 16:9 and 4:3 (but obviously the focus was on 4:3 back when the first season was shot).

It would be very welcome to get the first season of Millennium in widescreen since The X-Files look more cinematic in widescreen.

Don't know how much work it would be to get the 16:9 since you gain more information on left/right side but lose a little on top/bottom...depending on the framing. Since there might be visible boom mikes when they open up the framing or have to redo special effects.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_35

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That's what I was wondering about with super 35 being used. It'd be interesting to see an alternative widescreen view, it's already so cinematic.

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You can already see scenes from season one in 16:9 ratio, if you watch "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense" from the second season. Frank sees images from some first season episodes while using the Onan-o-Graph. And yes, I would agree that season one already was filmed in widescreen, like the early X-Files seasons were. As far as I recall the pilot was also shown in certain movie theatres back then, so it seems logic that they used a widescreen version for that. FOX just isn't particulary interested in revisiting the show and remaster it in HD for a Blu-ray release or online streaming sadly. This year's 20th anniversary of the show would have been a great opportunity to do that, but no one seems to care at FOX. They even stopped producing the DVD box sets years ago.

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Almost forgot: In "The Curse of Frank Black" you can also see scenes from the pilot in 16:9 ratio, as Frank has flashbacks of Catherine and Jordan. 

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