What's with the fullscreen releases???

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ron Kaledas, Jul 5, 2002.

  1. Ron Kaledas

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    And why is no one making a stink about them?? I'm talking about movies like Mr. Destiny, Spaced Invaders, and Taking Care of Business...okay, not exactly "A" movies, but that's not the point! The studios are quietly releasing these in fullscreen only..argh!!! And I don't see anyone complaining about these...

    argh, argh, argh, argh, argh!
     
  2. Jeffrey Gray

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    They don't want to spend time making new transfers, so they recycle old P&S LD/television prints.
     
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    It's almost becoming too much to even monitor, with Columbia, Warner, Disney etc all releasing P&S rubbish on the market.
     
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    I was in Circuit City yesterday and got all excited upon seeing some new DVD releases [of older catalog titles]. Imagine my disgust to read that they were Full Screen P&S format! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Titles included:
    - Scarlet Letter
    - Death Becomes Her
    - Perfect (yeah I know, it's totally stupid, but fun)
    To name a few....
    Needless to say, Circuit City lost this sale as I WILL NOT BUY FULL SCREEN RELEASES unless it's OAR!!!!
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] What ARE they thinking???? They finally give us WIDESCREEN TVs...then throw cheap P&S releases into the picture.
     
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  7. William Ward

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    I saw 2001: A Space Travesty starring Leslie Nielsen at Wal-Mart about a month ago. IT was full screen only so I didn't buy it. Trouble is, I would have purchased it if it were OAR.(It said modified so it wasn't made for TV or Video)

    And that's a NEW Transfer that they chose not to do an OAR for...
     
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    I am letting my wallet do the talking by not buying P&S. I would have bought the Belushi movies had they been OAR and enhanced for 16:9
     
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    I was in the local Tower recently and saw Mountains of the Moon & Villian, but only fullscreen dvd's were displayed. How disappointing.
     
  10. Ron Kaledas

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    A similar thing happened to me last week. I was looking around town for a copy of A Beautiful Mind, trying to find the cheapest copy. I tried K-Mart, but found no copies whatsoever(I dont think they even put them out). Walmart was sold out of them, and at Shopko I was shocked to find about 30 copies on the shelf all in Fullscreen!! No widescreen copies whatsoever. I didn't bother asking the clerk for the reason behind this. I just went to the video store and rented a copy for the night and picked up the CORRECT version the next day.
     
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    @Randy
    Not buying is a good thing, but don't forget to tell them (retailers etc) WHY you didn't buy.
     
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    I don't blame the studios, at least not PRIMARILY. Nope, it all begins with our dear freinds Joe and Jane Six pack. If they would just keep their traps shut about OAR's, the studios wouldn't bend over backwards to please them.

    The studios ARE very guilty however, of not releasing an OAR version of their films along with that full-frame shit. No excuse for that at all.
     
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  16. Han

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    What's more bothersome is the misnomer "Full Screen". No, they're not full screen, they're "Pan and Scan" in most cases, with only some being open matte or true full screen. Anyway, wasn't there some numbers a few weeks ago when some notable dual-release titles had the widescreen versions blowing away the full screen versions in sales numbers? Harry Potter, ABM, The Mummy Returns, etc.
     
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    Han,
    spend some time around here and trust me, you won't care what it's called anymore. [​IMG]
    Shit is shit, no matter what color it is or what it smells like.
     
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    Another problem is some of these titles, the FULL SCREEN Version is not clearly marked, so if it's the only one there (at the store), unless you read real carefully, you may not realize it's FULL SCREEN. For example, The Princess Diaries. The WideScreen Version has a big banner across the top of the case. But the full screen version has nothing except some small text in the "features" box, (yeah right, as if), which says Full Screen Version.


    Harry Potter is the same way.

    I also hear The Grinch had similar packaging.

    And I'll bet there are many others like this.
     
  19. Matt Birchall

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    I know of a local store where some anonymous worker put all 220+ copies of "Full Frame" A Beautiful Mind back in the back, leaving several hundred copies of the widescreen version out on the floor. . .
    -mwb-
    (walks away, whistling nonchanlantly) [​IMG]
     
  20. John_Berger

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    I'm quite thrilled!

    I just want to my local Borders, and there right in front of the video section was a whole bookshelf loaded with WIDESCREEN Harry Potter DVDs! There were only about three full-screen releases, and they were on the bottom shelf!
     

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