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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World!

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Tight Git, May 27, 2004.

  1. Tight Git

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    I've just bought the (apparently) widescreen version of this classic comedy.

    (It cost £5.99, which is a lot for a TG like me!)

    Although it says on the box that the aspect ratio is 2.35:1, my Panny 36PD30 displays it in 16:9 with obviously a lot of picture missing each side.

    Forcing the TV to widescreen mode, creates a letterbox with squashed people and still a lot missing.

    I notice this film was made in "Ultra-Panavision".

    Is there anyway that I can display the whole picture, or has it been cropped for the DVD?

    I don't mind the letterbox effect as it's a 36" display.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.
     
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    a film can be 2.35:1 AND widescreen
     
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    Hi TG,

    According to www.dvdcompare.net the R2 DVD is in 2.55:1 anamorphic which would give fairly substantial black bars at the top and bottom, even on a 16:9 widescreen set. I believe Ultra Panavision used 65mm film stock with an anamorphic lens to give a ratio of 2.76:1 when projected. So it looks like it has been cropped at the sides on the DVD. Hope this helps.

    Steve
     
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    This sounds like you are feeding it a non anamorphic 1.85 picture. Is your dvd player set to 4:3 P&S?
     
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    Thanks to all who've replied.

    I think Dutch has hit the nail on the head.

    If Ultra-Panavision is 2.76:1 then it's been cropped to 2.55:1 for the DVD.

    As I said, on a large screen I don't mind the black bars but I did expect to see the whole picture.

    Even if I select 4:3 (hopelessly squashed, of course) with bars each side, part of the credits and some of the speaking characters are still missing.

    Does anyone know if a version showing the whole print is available, please?
     
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    I like the film ....I'm not sure I like it that much though....
     
  8. Tight Git

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    Dr Pepper,

    Many many thanks for all that info.

    It looks as if the version I've got is the best available at the moment.

    Maybe at some time in the future ... (fingers crossed!)

    Mr D,

    I know what you mean.

    5 Hrs is a bit much for any film, although I like the "real time" concept (like High Noon).

    What really bugs me, is when I can only see half the speaking character off to one side. Having carefully framed the scene, the Director would have a fit.

    Best wishes.
     

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