not cropped but as i watched it i thought to myself,.. did TV really used to be this low rez? i still enjoyed it because the show is awesome but it made me think about how far we've come.It's the Digital Noise Reduction they're using. They were really aggressive with it. It smudged out all details. Defeats the purpose of having it in HD, Buffy was just done really bad. Regular T.V. shows captured off of 16/32 mm film look fantastic at 1080p as long as they don't destroy it with noise reduction. 60s Batman and Star Trek TNG are great examples of recapturing film in HD.