Classic sitcom from the 90’s Seinfeld Just landed on Netflix After six years of running on Hulu. Because the show was filmed years before HD came out, it was originally shown in a 4:3 aspect ratio on TV (and DVD sets that came out years later). But on Netflix, the show was cropped to a 16:9 widescreen format to fit modern TVs. as Rolling Stone noticedThis means that some of the optical gags have been literally erased.
Twitter users @boriskarkov and @Thatoneguy64 briefly pointed out a specific loop issue called “the hole”. In the episode, George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld attempt to find George’s lost keys, which were dumped into a hole that was then paved. In a crop where George yells so hard at the hole, the Netflix crop clears the hole completely. The 16:9 aspect ratio will also likely cut some of the other gags in the series — or at least, it may be a contradictory experience for people who are used to how the display originally looked.
Of course, this is not a new problem. crops Seinfeld It’s been shown on cable TV for years, and Hulu has also shown the series in 16:9 as well. Due to the popularity of Netflix, Seinfeld It’s getting a lot of extra attention right now, so maybe a bunch of new viewers are checking it out who might not have seen it on Hulu. A similar controversy occurred in late 2019 when The Simpsons hit Disney+. After a lot of complaints about visual loss, Disney finally released seasons that aired in 4:3 ratio in their original aspect ratio. Hopefully Netflix will do the same with files Seinfeld But in the meantime, as with many classic shows, perhaps the most authentic way to watch it is on DVD.
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