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MGM Selling cropped DVDs labelled Widescreen?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Azrikam, Jan 28, 2005.

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    Yes, but are they?

    A widescreen film can be either

    > shot using anamorphic lenses (etc) in true widescreen
    (in which case, to make a 4x3 video of it, you'd HAVE to omit some of the width)(in which case, if MGM then took such a 4x3 video and cropped it down, then yes, the result would show only a fraction of the original film)

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    > shot using a 4x3 film frame, but with the INTENTION that the top and/or bottom would be masked off prior to distribution to theatres. This is called "open matte".
    (in which case, what they are doing is quite right - they are only duplicating, on widescreen video, the process that would have also occurred in cinemas).

    In the second case, it would be quite feasible to make a 4x3 video from the original negative, by NOT matting it down to widescreen. Someone comparing the two might well (wrongly) conclude that the widescreen version was some sort of fake. I have the suspicion that this is what has happened here. In fact, the only way this class action succeeded was in relation to the diagrams in the packaging that purport to explain "why widescreen". They refer only to the first type (true widescreen) of process. The complainant's argument was that, for those movies which were shot "open matte", the description in the packaging was incorrect.

    In any case, there's no point in us all getting anally retentive about MGM DVDs. What they are doing is quite right, they just aren't explaining it very well.
     
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    Thanks for condensing 3+ pages of Slashdot comments into something short and understandable. :smashin:
     

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