For those of you that have a Netflix account, you know that MitM has been on there for a while. Recently - like, a few days ago - seasons 1-5 got a major upgrade:
All episodes from those seasons have been remastered in widescreen HD. Which means, all 151 episodes of Malcolm are in HD - no partial 4x3 or "high resolution". It could lead up to Blu-Ray release - that remains to be seen (as well as if it's the same as how the series released globally). But more details...
Those scenes with Cranston's "FHD" definition (lighting or additional crew within the shot) have been cropped accordingly.
For those that like to watch with closed captioning, they have been redone too (I'm a technical guy). Media Access Group did some growing up in the 9 years since MitM went off the air.
Also, most of the cold opens with solely the 5 second opening sting have been properly restored.
The pilot, however, remains how it was broadcast, instead of the extended one.
And as Fox Television Studios recently folded into fox21. (famous for Sons of Anarchy), the standard 20thCFTV logo is in its place.
Enjoy. (P.S. I haven't posted in a while. The signature at the end should tell you how long it's been.)
I am however rather surprised, remastering I presume takes a substantial cost, have they not just been upscaled like we have seen previously?
How can they crop out crew/mics/lighting without affecting the aspect ratio or losing more of the shot?
I've just signed up for a free trial to look.
According to Instant Watcher seasons 1-5 are in 'SuperHD' which is 1080p with a higher bit rate. So in theory very good quality. From what I can see, Netflix doesn't upscale, so it seems to be genuine 1080p.
However season 6 and 7 are actually still in SD. Which is obviously odd - however it does again suggest that they aren't upscaling 1-5, otherwise they would upscale 6-7 also.
If they have put the money in then it would make sense to try and make some money back on a DVD/Blu-ray US release.
Last edited by tjpeople; Oct 13, 2015 at 08:11 PM.
Not sure if anyone else has experienced this but I've watched A LOT of Malcolm on Netflix and I've noticed when I re-watch certain episodes there are audio glitches, like you can't hear someone talking, strange but hopefully it gets fixed. For example earlier today I watched Reese's Apartment and in the scene where Reese is watching TV you can't hear his suicidal neighbor talking like I was able to from past viewings of that episode. Like I mentioned this has happened a few times in other episodes but I guess it's not a big deal just a little annoying.