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French "Count of Monte Cristo" - UK edition wrong aspect?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by KuroNeko, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. KuroNeko

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    I'm looking for the French TV series "Le Comte de Monte Cristo", starring Gerard Depardieu and Ornella Muti. I believe this was a French/UK coproduction?

    I find 2 versions, a French version now out of print and hard to find. It has 360 minutes according to Amazon.fr and an aspect ration of 1.66:1. I think it was broadcast locally in a widescreen format, but I may be mistaken.

    The UK edition counts 400 minutes. Maybe because it has the episode recaps and previews or something like that and the French has not? I would like to know what the difference is...

    Also, most importantly, the UK edition is listed as "1.33:1" or normal 4:3 material. Is the UK edition pan&scan, or is any of the data wrong?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Neko
     
  2. PoochJD

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    HI,

    UK version is the full, uncut version (probably with the recaps), but probably also to do with the difference between PAL and Secam video formats.

    The UK DVD is in 4:3 widescreen, not 1.33:1 as it states, so as long as you don't want an anamorphic picture or are happy to live without it, the UK disc is fine. Plus, you get the book free, and all for less than £15 on average over the Net.

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  3. ddlooping

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    KuroNeko, I've seen the original French version, and if I remember correctly it is 4:3 (which is the same as 1.33:1).
    So it terms of format, the UK version seem identical. :)

    PoochJD, unless I'm missing something very obvious, "4:3 widescreen" does not exist. ;)
     
  4. Dutch

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    I think Pooch means "letterbox" i.e. non-anamorphic widescreen.

    Steve
     
  5. ddlooping

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    You might be correct, Dutch, thanks for the clarification. :)
     

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