Classic ’90s sitcom Seinfeld simply landed on Netflix after a six-year run on Hulu. Given that the present was filmed years earlier than HD was a factor, it was initially displayed in a 4:3 side ratio on TV (and the DVD units that got here years later). But on Netflix, the present has been cropped right into a 16:9 widescreen format to suit on fashionable TVs. As noted by Rolling Stone, which means some visible gags have actually been erased.
Twitter customers @boriskarkov and @Thatoneguy64 succinctly pointed out the issue with a particular episode referred to as “The Pothole.” In the episode, George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld are looking for George’s lost keys, which have been dropped in a pothole that was then paved over. In a crop the place George wildly yells on the pothole, the Netflix crop removes the pothole totally. The 16:9 side ratio in all probability additionally cuts out some different gags within the collection — or on the very least, it could be a jarring expertise for folks used to how the present initially seemed.
Of course, this is not a brand new downside. Crops of Seinfeld have been on cable TV for years, and Hulu additionally confirmed the collection in 16:9, as effectively. Given Netflix’s reputation, Seinfeld is getting heaps of additional consideration proper now, and thus a bunch of new viewers are in all probability checking it out who won’t have seen it on Hulu. The same controversy occurred in late 2019 when the whole run of The Simpsons hit Disney+. After a lot of complaints about missed visible gags, Disney ultimately launched the seasons that aired in 4:3 of their unique side ratio. Hopefully Netflix will do the identical factor with Seinfeld — but within the meantime, as with many traditional reveals, essentially the most genuine method to watch them might be on DVD.
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