Even though acclaimed TV series The West Wing was shot on film and six of the seven seasons were broadcast in high definition, until now the only way fans could get a copy was in standard definition. Now Warner's announced all seven seasons are available for purchase in high definition on digital distributors including iTunes and Amazon, with a $3/episode, $50/season price tag. After rumors we'd see the series on HD DVD and later Blu-ray it's great to get access to the show's high production values in higher resolution, but sadly we must note that at least on Amazon (we couldn't find any notes on iTunes) it only offers stereo audio -- an unfortunate loss for a series that won multiple awards for its sound production and features 5.1 Dolby Digital surround on DVD. How much that matters is a personal preference, but while Blu-ray quality might not be expected from downloads, it would be nice to at least get everything that's on the DVD with our downloads. Check after the break for a quick behind the scenes clip with Executive Producer Thomas Schlamme.
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Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) today announced all seven seasons of The West Wing are available for the first time in high definition exclusively through digital download on iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand and other online digital retailers. Winner of 30 Emmy Awards™ and two Golden Globes™, The West Wing aired between 1999 and 2006, giving viewers a fictionalized look inside life in the Oval Office.
WBDD is also giving fans of The West Wing something to vote "yes" for this Election Week – an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with one of the show's executive producers, Thomas Schlamme. Now available at http://bit.ly/WBDD_WestWing, fans can get a sneak peek and hear details about the show they love.
"The overwhelming fan response to the show has always been truly humbling and I'm excited to work with Warner Bros. in bringing this collection to consumers," said The West Wing Executive Producer Thomas Schlamme.
The West Wing offers a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the eclectic group of frenzied staffers in the Oval Office. The sophisticated series starred Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen. Acclaimed dramatist Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The American President, The Social Network) created the series and executive produced with Thomas Schlamme and John Wells. The West Wing is from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.