How is "White Men Can't Jump" on DVD?

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  1. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

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    How does it look? Also, I've read the aspect ratio is 1:77 instead of 1:85. Is this true?
     
  2. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    I can't recall the A.R. off the top of my head, but if it is cropped from 1.85:1 to 1.78:1, I never noticed anything objectionable.

    The transfer, particularly for a slightly older film, looks great. The print is clean, the image is sharp, there is excellent contrast and the colors are wonderfully saturated. I think that it is an excellent presentation. If you are fan of the film, don't hesitate to pick up the DVD. A fine effort by the folks from Fox.

    - Walter.
     
  3. Dave H

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    I watched most of it on cable today forgot how much I liked it. What I don't understand is, why do studios sometimes needlessly crop as they do? What is their point to go from 1:85 to 1:78?
     
  4. Julian Lalor

    Julian Lalor Supporting Actor

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    1.78:1 is the aspect ratio of widescreen televisions, hence the cropping of many 1.85:1 films to this aspect ratio. The black bars would be so small on these sets as to be lost in the overscan of many televisions.
     
  5. Dave H

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    So, the loss won't be even really be noticable? Anyone have or know of a screenshot that illustrates this? Thanks.

    P.S. Deep Discount DVD has this title for under $9.00 shipped.
     
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    I have it, and according to the back of the case, the aspect ratio is indeed 1:85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen). I've watched the DVD once already, and everything looks great to me. Sharp picture, rich colors, etc.
     
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  8. HenrikTull

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    This indeed a great looking DVD. With only two 2.0 tracks and practically no extras spread across 2 layers the average video bit rate is consistently over 7 megs a second. The audio was also a pleasant surprise.
     
  9. Andy_MT

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    feel like i'm trashing the party here. although it's a good effort, someone cranked up the edge enhancement a bit too much (what's new), although it's obnoxious in only a few scenes. overall it's above average and well above average on smaller screens.
     

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