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Kung Fu - Season 1 (March 16th) is not OAR

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by David Lambert, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. todd s

    todd s Well-Known Member

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    More importantly. Any chance we will get Kung Fu:The Legend Continues?? Seriously, I liked that show.
     
  2. Matt Rexer

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    Rodney: This should be as important as Willy Wonka, and we should put a stop to this as soon as possible.

    I can't help but wonder if the massive response their open matte Willy Wonka got worked too well... now WB is scared not to release something in widescreen. Maybe?

    Also, looks like the domain name OARadvocate.com is still up for grabs, hint, hint... [​IMG]
     
  3. Rick P

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    If anyone is curious as to what this looks like.. should you have access to HDNet on your DBS system, watch a coupla of episodes of "Hogan's Heros".
     
  4. Jeff Jacobson

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    This cropped version of "Kung-fu" (or any tv show) is a really stupid idea.

    All of the people who complain about "black bars" on their widescreen movies will complain about the black bars on this release as well. And they will be joined by the people who care about OAR!
     
  5. Christopher D

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    I already have one of these in my collection (inadvertantly).

    The recent R2 box set rerelease of "Danger UXB" is MAR 16x9. I am pretty zealous about OAR but I didn't know this when I ordered it and was stuck with it. I have to admit I don't see a huge difference compared to the original OAR releases, but just can't condone this practice.

    You have to use your old 4:3 TVs for something!
     
  6. Jeff F.

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    Is everyone 100% sure that "Kung Fu" was not originally shot for HDTV?

    The reason I say this is that I worked as a runner on "Newhart" (the one where Bob was an inn keeper) in 1984, which was shot on film. One day I was looking at the floor monitors and noticed that the picture was "letterboxed" with a "square" image drawn in the middle. I asked the director (whose name escapes me at the moment) why it looked like that. He explained that the industry knew that HDTV was coming and that the producers wanted to make sure that the series would be compatible with "future technology."

    Could this have possibly been the case with "Kung Fu?"
     
  7. Steve Phillips

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    I don't think they were concerned about HDTV in 1972-75.

    I understand your point though, which is are we sure the series is being cropped/tilt and scanned or are they simply opening up info on the sides.

    While the latter has happened more recently, in most cases these widescreen versions will be created by cropping.

    ALl releases should be in the aspect ratio of their original telecasts, period.
     
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  9. Stephen_J_H

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  10. Matt Rexer

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  12. David Lambert

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    But John, that doesn't apply here. IF true (and I admit my skepticism that they were protecting for HDTV back in the time of The Fall Guy, but he was THERE and I wasn't so how can I gainsay him?), then it was still merely "protecting for a possible future", and not "intending this format".

    4x3 is correct OAR for The Fall Guy, and countless others. Period.
     
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    If Kung Fu in widescreen turns out not to be pan & scan, then I'll go ahead and buy it. But I will be absolutely shocked if this early 70s show was filmed with such foresight.
     
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  17. David Lambert

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    Chris that's a great find. I think that Joss spoke it very well.

    We could probably have a thread just discussing that quote (there probably already is one over in the TV forum [​IMG] ). But it does hearken back to my belief that the decision as to what the AR is for a show comes "from the top", and not from individual directors as some like to propose. Regardless of what a specific director decides to do about AR composition, the show will still be presented in the same AR in the same places week after week, as agreed upon by the shows producers and the studio that broadcasts it (or sometimes imposed upon by the studio, depending on some things).

    There is the occasional change-up, like Buffy's 6th-season "Once More, With Feeling". But those are few and far between.
     
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    It may have been posted before, if so I apoligize for requesting it again, but does anyone have a (snail) mailing address for someone at Warner Home Video? I would like to express my extreme disappointment to them directly in writing

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  19. Jeff Jacobson

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    An old thread, but I'm new. This is disappointing. There's only a limited number of TV DVD sets that I'm interested in (a number that isn't growing, having not watched TV in years), but Kung Fu is definitely one of them. I think many people will pick this up (partly because of the price) in complete ignorance of the OAR issue. I hope they heed to complaints and release a Season 2 at some point with the complete picture intact.
     

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