'The Wonder Years' was shot on 16mm film, so the overall resolution was hampered from the beginning and, to compound the visual handicap, the series was edited together on broadcast video tape to save money. Most shows from the mid 80's onward (until the DAW took over [digital audio workstation - I think the author meant a smilar facility for video, ed.]
) were edited on tape and the results are less than pleasing when viewed on any HD video system. Back in the day, they only thought it would be seen on our Low Rez CRT [cathode ray tube - big bulky monitors, ed.]
televisions. Phooey! (...)
Some shows that were shot on 16mm, but look great include 'Poirot' and 'Sherlock Holmes' from Granada and Carnival Films because they were also EDITED on film. 'Star Trek The Next Generation' was shot on 35 mm film and edited on tape, so until they did the massive restoration project over the last few years, it always looked HORRIBLE on DVD. StarVista [who produced 'The Wonder Years' DVD release for Time Life, ed.]
did not put the time or money into re-compositing the film elements to make new pristine film-based masters. It would have been just too costly I guess, but the results would have been Blu-Ray worthy at that point.