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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Nov 15, 2012.
Truly outstanding news
Agree! Those specs make this look like one of the best Criterion releases period. Can't wait.
This one's loaded with extras. Also, this is a rare instance in which both 1.33:1 academy ratio and 1.85:1 widescreen presentations will be available. Is there debate on which is the "correct" presentation?
Edit: Missed that the default is 1.66:1. That makes three different aspect ratios!
That's one way to shut everybody up: offer the film in every conceivable aspect ratio!
What about 1.75 and 2.1?
Three minutes. Is that a record?
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER
I'm thrilled about this BD except for one aspect of it: The Richard Schickel commentary. I realize Schickel is considered to be somewhat of a Kazan expert, but having just listened to his commentaries for A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN and THE WILD RIVER, I am not optimistic. I once considered Schickel to be an insightful critic (his book The Disney Version was inspiring for me), but he is not an articulate commentator, perhaps because he does not do the preparation or have his notes lined up for the recording session. If Roger Ebert had given us the Kazan tracks or the Eastwood tracks, he'd have been fully prepared, and his commentaries would have been dense and informative. With Schickel, you get a lot of "And here we see..." comments that do nothing more than describe what we can plainly see for ourselves onscreen! Kazan deserved a better biographer and video commenator. I wish Criterion had broken free from his shallow track to give us a truly educational historian track. Oh, well.
Blu-ray.com has screencaps up. I think the 1.66:1 is probably ideal and is the version I will choose to view. However, Criterion made a bum decision with the so-called "full-aperture" 1.33:1 version. The problem is, it is slightly side-cropped compared to the other two widescreen versions. They had the erroneous idea that the ratio should be 1.33:1 instead of 1.37:1. If they had done it right, there would have been no cropping at all of the full-aperture version.