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Fox £5.99 range - Cock ups galore!

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by the_pauley, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. the_pauley

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    Following the mess they made with "The Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection" box set, 20th Century Fox UK have once again demonstrated the care and reverence with which they treat their back catalogue.

    "Serial Mom (1.66:1)", "The Cars That Ate Paris (2.35:1)", "Matinee (1.85:1)" and "The Spanish Prisoner (1.85:1)" have all been released in 4:3 ratio - there may be more, but these are the only ones I've checked the aspect ratios on so far.

    "Mark of Zorro", "Love is a Many Splendoured Thing" and many of the other vintage titles are missing the extras found on the R1 versions.

    I've read on another forum that "The Blue Max" has a scene missing that is present on the R1 version. This was a cock up that Fox made with the VHS release in the '80s and were made aware of - nice to know they've taken the same care for the DVD release.

    What's the use of releasing a budget range if they don't do it right? OK we could probably live without the odd audio commentary, but incorrect aspect ratios and cuts are inexcusable.

    Basically we need to boycott any titles that have been cocked up and (IMPORTANT!) let Fox know why. Anyone know how I can do this as there is no contact link/info on their website - customer friendly, eh?

    And the major studios have the nerve to whinge about us importing Region 1 discs. Do me a favour!
     
  2. KRRK

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    Aren't Fox notorious for this sort of thing? 'Cars that Ate Paris' is a fantastic film, and will be ruined in 4:3.
     
  3. michaelm

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    Serial Mom, what a movie! I think I would buy it anyway.
     
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    *Whispers* but it's a boycott, see? Now you've gone and spoilt it all.
     
  5. the_pauley

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    So much for solidarity! :(
     
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    I've been boycotting P&S since I first started buying DVDs anyway. As Roger Ebert once said:

    "any customer who prefers to have the sides of a movie hacked off should not be licensed to operate a video player"
     
  7. figrin_dan

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    I dont believe, for a second, he's being serious.
     
  8. michaelm

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    But will a boycott of £5.99 movies achieve anything?
     
  9. Adrenochrome

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    not if you buy them it wont:laugh: :laugh: ;)

    adrenochrome.
     
  10. the_pauley

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    It will also be more effective if we let Fox know why[/] we're buying some titles and not others. Think I've found a way of contacting them; I went to www.fox.co.uk and subscribed to the DVD newsletter - it allows you to chat and contribute to forums.

    Will let you know if I have any joy...
     
  11. michaelm

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    Guess what, just had a look on DVD BoxOffice for Serial Mom and the R1 version is also is 4:3 (or pan & scan, 1.33:1). And it's issued by HBO. Go figure. :rolleyes:

    It's in DD5.1 though.
     
  12. fatbob

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    In the US, there's quite a big demand for 4:3 ratio dvd releases. Apparently Blockbuster (in the US) only rent out 4:3 versions of films now, (although they carry a range of 16:9 titles, but they are for purchase only).

    As dvd players become more mainstream, demand for 4:3 is growing.

    Let's hope that we're not starting to see early signs of this trend in the UK.
     
  13. StooMonster

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    Blimey tSoM lyrics? Haven't heard em in years, well not since Mrs StooMonster bought that compilation CD the other week. :blush:

    StooMonster
     
  14. the_pauley

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    Saw this on Amazon too - but on reading the customer reviews one punter points out that it is in 1.66:1, has a director's commentary and a making of feature. Looks like Region 1 is the one to go for then.
     
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    Damn! I was really looking forward to buying 'The Cars that Ate Paris' this week as I've never seen it in its' OAR. One sale lost from me, FOX. Very poor. :nono:

    I'll be sure to check their budget range titles before I buy any of them. Thankfully I already own Matinee on R1 - bare bones disc, but at least it's in 1.85:1. I know a couple of people who'll be a bit peeved off about this one.
     
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    good spot stoomonster:smoke:

    adrenochrome.
     
  17. CrazyHorse

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    Found some more info on 'The Cars That Ate Paris' over at DVD Forums. Someone has bought the disc and reports that it initially seems like it is in fact 2.35:1, anamorphic and a very nice print. BUT after checking a little further as the titles end the picture is zoomed up to 1.78:1, roughly filling your widescreen TV screen!

    So it's not a 4:3 pan & Scan job, but still not the films proper ratio either - the kind of compromise that BBC 2/Channel 4 make when they broadcast 2.35 films! :nono: :mad:

    Close, but no cigar. Still no sale from me FOX.
     

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