Universal Reissues: Charley Varrick & Madigan

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  1. Mark Cappelletty

    Mark Cappelletty Cinematographer

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    Does anyone know if the Universal reissues of CHARLEY VARRICK and MADIGAN are in anamorphic widescreen. VARRICK was released full-frame a couple of years ago and MADIGAN in a non-anamorphic widescreen/letterboxed transfer. I have a bad feeling that both are just being dumped back onto the marketplace, but can't find any news whether or not these have been fixed or improved-- or are straight reissues. It's really pathetic if nothing has been done to these titles-- I'd buy them in a heartbeat otherwise.
     
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    I wasn't aware of an R1 recent reissue until you posted here. I see the Amazon (US) product page release date 06/01/10 and it lists the release as full screen. If the listing is correct, it appears that Universal just re-issued the same transfer in a new pkg.


    I bought the R2 version of "Varrick" since I wasn't sure when/if we'd see an anamorphic version in R1. The Amazon UK link is here . The product page doesn't specify anamorphic but it is an anamorphic release. The transfer Q isn't great but it's easily watchable, imo.
     
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    Charley Varrick is a great movie! What is it's proper aspect ratio? Was it shot full screen or widescreen?
     
  4. Jeff Willis

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    Well, this has been an interesting point of discussion here in the past. Here's what IMBD lists:


    1.37 : 1 (negative ratio)
    1.85 : 1 (intended ratio)

    If I recall, the Laser Disc version was 1.85:1 .
     
  5. Robert Crawford

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    A few days ago, I investigated those two releases and believe they're just re-releases of the same discs that came out several years ago that were letterbox, but not anamorphic.







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    Crawdaddy,


    Were you referring to the two R1 releases?

    It's been a while since I watched my R2 copy and I checked it out. It's not letterbox. It appears to be 16:9 anamorphic.


    It does say "letterbox" on the R2 box but it's not, as far as I can see.
     
  7. Mark Cappelletty

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    Thanks for the info, guys-- what a shame that these are STILL being treated like the proverbial redheaded stepchildren of the home video world.
     
  8. GregoryMesh

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    According to DVD Savant review Charley Varrick disc is full frame open matte transfer.

     
  9. chas speed

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    I own the U.S. DVD and it's Full Frame. It was the ultimate "no frills" release in that it didn't even have a menu and the film just started once you put the DVD in the machine.
     
  10. Robert Crawford

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    Yes it is, but my point is that these new releases are just re-releases of those prior dvds.
     
  11. GregoryMesh

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    Sorry, my misunderstanding. I thought you were saying that the transfers were letterboxed...
     
  12. Robert Crawford

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    I was saying the transfers are the same as before whether it is letterbox for Madigan or full frame for Varrick.
     

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