Joss Whedon says those widescreen reruns of Buffy are 'nonsense.' Here's why.

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Dec 15, 2014

Joss Whedon has added his own voice to the growing number of complaints over how the remastered version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been (mis)handled.

This past Friday, Whedon wrote on his Twitter feed:

Buffy was shot 4x3 cuz TVs were shaped that way. Widescreen Buffy is nonsense. (Firefly was shot wide - Fox cropped it.) #apsectratiowoes

— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) December 13, 2014

The Avengers: Age of Ultron director had to write this in answer to fan complaints about reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that have been airing in the U.S. The reruns have been remastered by 20th Century Fox into a widescreen aspect ratio.

Yep, these widescreen reruns have been airing on TV for a while now, but changes have recently come to light that show significant modifications, for better or for worse (depending on your preferences), in the lighting of scenes, massive croppings of images, and other issues. The worst thing? We now have crew members popping up in some of the shots! 

Here’s the YouTube video:

And here's a very nice shot that shows a member of the crew, now visible in the remastered shot of a scene:

If you want to know more, there’s this awesome Facebook page that illustrates and talks in depth about the changes wrought by 20th Century Fox's remastering of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for TV.

(via Den of Geek)