New Xena DVD is PAN/SCAM

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  1. PhilipG

    PhilipG Cinematographer

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    Ack! What a disappointment! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    According to DVD File, the picture of the new Xena R1 DVD (the series finale) has been cropped for 4:3.
    I was really looking forward to the disc, and now I'm cancelling my order. Anyone have an email address for USA Films?
    Considering the shoddy quality of the R2 discs, I'm wondering if there'll ever be a decent NTSC release of this fun series. [​IMG]
    P.S. Can't wait for someone to post here and say "OAR isn't so important for TV" [​IMG]
     
  2. Bjorn Olav Nyberg

    Bjorn Olav Nyberg Supporting Actor

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    I kinda missed the whole Xena train, and just when I started to get interested, someone cried out about violence in the series, and they moved it into the middle of the night. DVD has kind of been my last hope of seeing it, and then they start doing things like this...

    Oh well, I guess I'll end up with the R2 discs eventually...
     
  3. Ben Motley

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  4. MaxY

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    Well you must know that OAR isn't so important for TV.
    BTW I just said it, because I did not want you to have to wait a long time. [​IMG]
    Max
     
  5. Adam Tyner

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    Adam,
    I understand and Support OAR under all conditions. I only said what I said because he asked for it. It was a Joke.
    Ok Now everybody laugh.[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Max
     
  7. Ben Motley

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Max, you so crazy. [​IMG]
     
  8. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    So let's play dumb here for a minute:

    QUESTION: "THE XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - THE SEASON FINALE" DVD WAS RELEASED TODAY AND IS FULL SCREEN (1.33:1). IS THIS OAR?

    So officially answer the queston for the crowd, please (Ohhh! I know, I know!).
     
  9. Ben Motley

    Ben Motley Supporting Actor

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    OAR is 1.85:1
     
  10. Ken_McAlinden

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    Many modern TV shows are shot on super 35 using only a 1.78:1 shaped area of the frame. They are "framed" for 4:3 and then protected for 1.78:1. It is analogous to open matte theatrical films, but in the horizontal rather than vertical direction. If Xena was shot this way, then 4:3 is the OAR and 1.78:1 is the "open matte" version.

    Does the 4:3 version have extraneous information on the top or does the 16:9 version have extraneous information on the sides? Does anyone know how Xena is shot?

    Regards,
     
  11. Adam Tyner

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    It almost certainly has more on the sides.

    FWIW, in the DVD File review, there's a note about Lucy Lawless complaining on the disc's commentary that the DVD was not in a 'cinematic format'.
     
  12. PhilipG

    PhilipG Cinematographer

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    There's an interesting interview at
    http://mrvideo.vidiot.com/Contrib/Xe...lHurstPt2.html
    Here is one quote:
    From that it seems that intended OAR is widescreen.
    Conclusion (for Xena):
    season 3 OAR is 4:3, (eps were shot in w/s, but special effects done on the 4:3 crop)
    season 4+ OAR is 16:9
     
  13. todd s

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    I too am curious to what was cut from the last 5 seconds. Also, any word if Hercules episodes might come out on dvd. Besides the movies.
     
  14. Dan Rudolph

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    Anyone know what was cut here? Almost all the violence was in part 1, and there wasn't any swearing or anythign particularly sexual, so I'm at a loss as to what would be cut.
     

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