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MUMMY RETURNS (LTBX) (pan & Scam) ?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by jay, Sep 16, 2001.

  1. jay

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    I wonder if anyone can help me i was going to buy The Mummy Returns there are 2 versions LTBX and pan & scan what is the differance which is better<br />Thanks inadvance Jay <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
     
  2. Tim Ashdown

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    The letterbox verson is better for widescreen.<br />I've just ordered the r4 version, because its a special two disc edition with anamorphic widescreen and DD/DTS sound. I ordered with <a href="http://www.ezydvd.com.au" target="_blank">www.ezydvd.com.au.</a> Its my first time using them or ordering any r4 dvd, but I've heard good reports about the company, the quality of the Australian discs, and the price looks good too. So lets wait and see.

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  3. Stuart Wright

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    Jay, your post implies you don't know the difference between widescreen and pan & scan.<br />If this is the case, have a look at our glossary section of our FAQ. Read up on ASPECT RATIO, WIDESCREEN, PAN & SCAN and ANAMOPHIC.<br />Then look through some posts in the general forum about the subject.
     
  4. Rambo John J

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    In a nutshell, you could say that if you go for the P+S version you're literally only seeing half the movie. Although in the case of The Mummy Returns that's maybe not so much of a bad thing. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
     
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    I cancelled my region 1 order of The Mummy Returns after dvdfile's review wasn't as good as expected.Although they might be considered cynical,I think they are quite correct when suggesting the lack of a R1 DTS soundtrack and decent extras perhaps indicates that Universal will re-release an 'Ultimate Edition' of the film once sales start drying up!

    Don't think I'll bother either way!
     
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    "In a nutshell, you could say that if you go for the P+S version you're literally only seeing half the movie."

    This is not always the case, sometimes a full screen presentation shows more than the wide screen. The reason that this sometimes happen is that films can be shot on a full frame and then cropped top/bottom to make the widescreen ratio as the director envisions it. When the widescreen is released, you get the directors vision of the movie. With the full frame, you get the original image with extra top and bottom information. I cannot think of specific examples but I do however seem to remember that Back To The Future was like this on video, maybe someone can help with this?

    Personally speaking I would go for the widescreen version, given a choice, as this is the directors intended version of the film (usually).
     
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    As you'll see I did say P+S which = panned and scanned. I hear what you're saying but I know the difference between panned and scanned and "matted". Panned and scanned you'll always see less. With The Mummy Returns being 2.35:1 cinemascope, it's definitely panned and scanned.

    A good example of "matted" would be something like Evil Dead or any of Ray Harryhausens films that were released in 1.85:1 - Jason and the Argonauts, Golden Voyage Of Sinbad etc.
     
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    Thanks, Rambo.

    I figured you knew what you were talking about, I took your quote not with the intention of correcting yourself, but to highlight to other readers that sometimes a 4:3 presentation is not always less image than a widescreen.
     
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    Regarding the comments about a fuller image than can be seen on widescreen, the full screen edition of Independence Day is a case in point. Check out the scene where Will Smith's girlfriend comes out of their house and sees the spacecraft for the first time. In the full screen version you see that she drops the orange juice whereas you lose the image on the widescreen.<br />Right, back under my shell!
     
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    i noticed that aswell i had the film on video tape an when i upgraded to a dvd player an widescreen telly i noticed it had gone aswell.i was just hoping my mates didnt notice an start taking the **** lol i spent a fortune an im still missing bits of the films <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> widescreen sucks 4:3 forever lol
     

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