John Carpenter: P&S Fans Are "Idiots"

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  1. Randy A Salas

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    I recently interviewed John Carpenter about The Fog DVD, and you can read that article here:
    http://www.startribune.com/stories/459/3189680.html
    But the interesting tidbits left over from the interview include more of his comments about watching movies in their original aspect ratio. You can find them linked from the main article or go directly here:
    http://www.startribune.com/stories/459/3189552.html
    He's a major widescreen proponent. Here's what he had to say about open-matte presentations as a compromise to pan and scan:
     
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    hehehe, John Carpenter is so cool...
     
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    Tell it like it is , John!
     
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    And since Mr. Carpenter didn't personally post
    those comments in this forum, I'll just keep
    my mouth shut and add a big fat smile to my face.
     
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    Hey, that looks great in a sig. [​IMG]
     
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    this is also a major part of the Fog dvd docu when he talks about the anamorphic widescreen version
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    thanks again for the link
     
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    Bring on the Escape From New York: Special Edition says I!!! [​IMG]
    Loved Carpenter's movies all my life. I hope Universal give The Thing a 2 disc edition with a new 2.40:1 anamorphic transfer and DTS. Wouldn't mind all the deleted scenes either... in 2.40 anamorphic, of course, brothers! [​IMG]
    Go here http://www.outpost31.com/index2.html for all your MacReady info!
    Gordo
     
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    Now that's what I'm talking about!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    This is just another one of the many reasons why, to put it succinctly, John Carpenter rules!

    Now I have to track down the R2 disc of They Live, with the Carpenter/Roddy Piper commentary. His commentaries are the best out there.
     
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    I agree. I rented the Big trouble In Little China dvd. I listened the commentary.. It was great fun to hear them both talk about the movie and other stuff.

    JACOB
     
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    You know we just had Michael Mann diss Widescreen. So I would like to see a debate between Michael Mann and John Carpenter. [​IMG] I can see it now:
    Michael M.---"I think Full screen is much better. It what people expect when watching tv."
    John C.---"You see if this debate was in widescreen you could see me flipping you the bird. But, since it is in P&S it is cut out and the audience is loosing out at my response to you."
     
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    classic
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    Michael Mann wasn't dissing widescreen in general...just in television programs. His main beef was that shows were being shown in widescreen, but not being framed for widescreen. He's not pro-p&s by any means.

    As for John Carpenter calling p&s fans "idiots," what does that say for directors that allow their films to be released on video in p&s?
     
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    Absolutely. If anything, Mann is a huge proponent of widescreen. He's a master at framing a scope screen. Ever see one of his films in P&S? Oh, GOD!!! It's frightening. Really ruins it.

    I can't think of any film directors who would be pro P&S.
     
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    I was on the Fence about Purchasing "The Fog" but Carpenter just got my $$$ with those comments. Way to go John !
     
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