Ridicule is Pan&Scan only?

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  1. rbirk

    rbirk Second Unit

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    I wanted to buy "Ridicule" that is coming out on Monday but it looks like Mirmax managed to get a pan & scan only version? That would be very sad.

    Ron
     
  2. Mark Cappelletty

    Mark Cappelletty Cinematographer

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    Really? I hope not-- it's a great movie.
     
  3. rbirk

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    It seems "Sonatine" is also Pan&Scan.
     
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    I would certainly hope this is not true, especially since I've seen it in widescreen on IFC (or perhaps it was Sundance?). Buena Vista has been pretty good with their Miramax catalog titles. Even though they almost never have extras, they have been doing 16:9 transfers for films that cannot possibly have a big audience and selling them cheaply. (I was floored to pick up "Ethan Frome" in a new anamorphic transfer --- I half expected I was the only person in the country to be excited it was coming to dvd!)

    I went to dvdempire.com to see if they had boxart posted for these titles for next week, but they do not. I was looking to pick up "Ridicule", "Unzipped", and "The Lovers On The Bridge" in the upcoming weeks, but I'll pass if they aren't widescreen transfers.
     
  5. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    Yep, I deleted orders for

    Lovers on the Bridge
    Microcosmos
    Sonatine

    due to the inability to determine if they were 1.33:1 or OAR. If reviews indicate they are in the correct A.R. I'll pick them up later, but as of right now just three more lost sales.

    - Walter.
     
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  7. rbirk

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    Andrew, I hope you are right, but according to these sites "Ridicule" is Pan&Scan:

    dvdpricesearch.com
    digitaleyes.com
    dvdplanet.com
    cduniverse.com
    bestprices.com
    buy.com
     
  8. rbirk

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    I should also add that none of the sites has a screenshot of the back of the movie. That would help figuiring out what the format really is.
     
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    Don't worry. I am. [​IMG]

    I would trust info from the marketing site run by the distributor long before I'd trust any of those e-tailers. I've never been steered wrong by video.com when it comes to specs for BVHE DVD releases.
     
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    If BVHE is the Buena Vista website, then I wouldn't necessarily trust it. Last year, it wrongly claimed that "Belle de jour", "Purple Noon", and one other film were 16x9 enhanced when they turned out to be letterboxed (Belle de jour was simply a port from a previous LD transfer). There was the same pre-release speculation, as some retailers were listing these titles as "letterboxed", and most of us trusted the Buena Vista site... to our detriment.
     
  11. rbirk

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    If someone gets this movie during the weekend, could you confirm the format of this movie?
     
  12. rbirk

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    Nobody got or seen the disc? I would love to know if it is indeed Pan&Scan or not.
     
  13. Mark Cappelletty

    Mark Cappelletty Cinematographer

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    "Microcosmos" is 1.33:1. That's it's intended aspect ratio (the LD was 1.33:1). I think it was made for French television. Sonatine SHOULD be widescreen as the Rolling Thunder LD was.
     
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    I received an e-mail from DVD Empire stating that Sonatine & Microcosmos have been delayed with no new release date announced.
     
  15. rbirk

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    Someone at DVDTalk just wrote this:



    So that looks promising. Now we just need to figure out about Sonatine.
     
  16. gregstaten

    gregstaten Supporting Actor

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    Good news.

    I just got back from a business trip and Ridicule had arrived while I was away. I just put it in the player and can confirm that it is most assuredly 16x9 enhanced. Hopefully we won't see another PURPLE MOON-like release from Miramax-ZOË.

    -greg
     

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