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Bicentennial man aspect ratio

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by graham.myers, Dec 23, 2002.

  1. graham.myers

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    I watched this film last night (an old TiVo recording) and thought it was worth buying.

    On play it lists the R1 as having an ar of 1.85, yet the R2 is only 1.78.

    which is correct?

    Can you have different ratio across regions. why?

    I've ordered the R2 as for 8.99 you can't really go wrong but just wondered why there are two different ratios (if there is)
     
  2. Squirrel God

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    The original aspect ratio was 1.85:1

    Yup.

    Why? Because film distributors do stupid things like that :(

    R4 is also 1.78:1

    http://www.dvdcompare.org.uk/comparisons/film_results_page.php?fid=69

    To be honest though, unless you are watching via a projector or flat panel display, you won't see a difference between 1.85:1 and 1.78:1 anyway as the CRT will cut out any differences because of the overscan.

    If you makes you feel any better, I own the R2 as well and paid the same price. As you can see from the link above, R2/4 have the isolated music score which isn't on the R1. I love this movie, can't understand why it was slagged off so much :)
     
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    I've contemplated buying this movie so many times and then when I was at the hospital a couple of weeks ago it was on the TV. I really enjoyed the bits I saw, so I think I'll invest in it at that price :)
     
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    Made me get quite emotional in places :( :blush:

    Edit - it's £7.99 delivered at www.splashdvd.com ;)
     
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    It's really odd about films touching you. They never used to with me, but since I've been in my 30's :blush: some do get to me.
     
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    I get the classic lump in throat and occasional tear all the time. Anything remotely sad and I'm bawling away. I'm just a big softie :D

    Exception - the "incident" at the start of Sleepers. You know the one - the "accident" that triggered the whole thing off. I couldn't stop laughing at that! It was supposed to be sad, but for some reason, it rather tickled me :D
     
  7. mcmullanbrush

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    Squirrel

    Do you mean the "hot dog" incident? I thought that was funny too.
    Mind you, I find most sad stuff funny. Its happy endings that cause me to errrr, get sommething in my eye.
     
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    Mac,

    That's precisely the incident in question ;) I was trying not to spoil it for anyone who hadn't seen it :D

    I remember telling my friends at the time how hilarious I thought it was and getting looks of incredulity from them :D

    Yes, happy endings sometimes bring a tear to my eye, but only when they're some triumph over adversity or the like and are done really well (not too clichéd) :) I can't think of an example though :( - maybe the end of Rocky? :D :D
     
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    Stupidity aside, why would they reframe it?

    what advantage is there in reframing. Obviuosly there is a cost involved in the reframing exercise so why?

    unfortuantely I will be watching it on a PJ so *may* notice the difference - but doubt it.
     
  10. Squirrel God

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    Graham,

    They don't reframe it as such. That would involve making decisions about where to position the frame etc. In this case, they just chop off the ends. Easy.

    I think it might be to do with the quality of the picture as it is a long movie. All things being equal, the PAL version would take up more room on the disk than the NTSC version as it is slightly higher resolution. Chopping the ends off (from 1.85:1 to 1.78:1) might reduce the size on the disk thus allowing them to reduce the compression slightly. I'm guessing....
     
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    E.T not when he dies, when he comes back to life, at that point I always seem to get dust in my eye and makes it water.

    I think I may set up a help group 'soft sods anonymous'

    Hi, my name is Jonathan and I am a wuss.
     
  12. Squirrel God

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    I cried at that bit when I was about 7 years old.

    A couple of weeks ago, I watched E.T. on DVD for the first time since then and E.T. didn't move me one bit. I was disappointed.
     
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    Old age must have blackened your heart!!!
     
  14. Squirrel God

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    Nah, I just can't get tearful over a rubber doll with a human hand up its jacksy :D

    In fact, I found E.T. rather disappointing overall as a movie. I think it was purely a kids film, very little in there for adults.
     
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    So it was nothing to do with the transfer then? :D
     
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    LMAO :D No! Great transfer on the SE :) It's not a bad movie, just I think I was expecting so much more from my memories of it as a child and I felt let down. Some of it, particularly the scenes when they capture E.T. and are experimenting on him / trying to save him, made me feel like I was watching a TV movie on Five :rolleyes: :(
     
  17. spidermanalf

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    Hmmmmmm I suppose you think Mac and Me is a superior film!!
     
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    Not seen it or even heard of it.
     
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    You have never seen Mac and Me????


    I am not angry, just disapointed!!!
     

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