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The Sting SE on 09/06/05 See Post #133
158 replies to this topic
Posted March 07 2004 - 12:37 PM
Recently I saw a magazine ad for this movie on DVD in Entertainment Weekly but upon researching it, found out that it is only available in Fullscreen. Are there any plans to rerelease this in a Special Edition and Widescreen?
Posted March 07 2004 - 02:20 PM
You meant to say only available in Fullscreen right? If I'm not mistaken, 1:1.33 (or fullscreen) is the correct aspect ratio for this film. Widescreen would not be OAR.
Posted March 07 2004 - 03:24 PM
That's interesting. Was it made for TV? (I was under the impression that all "modern" theatrical films were widescreen.)
Posted March 07 2004 - 03:28 PM
The Sting has an OAR of 1.85:1. The current DVD is open matte.
"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932
Posted March 07 2004 - 03:35 PM
The Sting was definitely not made for TV. The IMDb, though often incorrect on such matters, lists it as a 1.85:1 aspectratio.
Posted March 07 2004 - 05:57 PM
I noticed this as I almost bought the Oscar Winning edition at Cost-Co before I noticed one of the SF's listed was a "Full Frame Presontation". This is shamefull, shamefull.
Posted March 08 2004 - 02:25 AM
Too bad this is by Universal. If Warner owned the rights we would probably have a nice 2-disc SE in OAR by now.
Posted March 08 2004 - 02:44 AM
The bizarre thing is that they released a letterboxed VHS tape around the same time as the DVD.
Posted March 08 2004 - 02:57 AM
Universal is still in a coma when it comes to creating Special Editions of brilliant catalogue films in their vault. I know they have their problems, but surely releasing high-quality SEs of films like The Sting would help the company? It would be a BIG seller.
Posted March 08 2004 - 03:08 AM
Oops! my bad:b My R3 version is Fullscreen as well and since OAR is usually the default here, I thought this was the OAR for this film as well! (R3 releases here in the Philippines are *almost always* OAR...this apparently being one of the few exceptions) ...I just checked and apparently it's widescreen in R2.
Posted March 08 2004 - 03:56 AM
Stupid, stupid Universal. It's a shame I can't buy this because it's one of the most cleverly-written films I've ever seen. Magnificent screenplay.
Posted March 08 2004 - 04:05 AM
They already missed the 30th anniversary. I've been hoping for a decent SE of this for eons. It's a no-brainer. A classic, a Best Picture winner--what gives???? Instead they're pushing CAT IN THE HAT!
Posted March 08 2004 - 05:17 AM
I doubt we'll be seeing a new edition of this anytime in the immediate future. This is Universal, the most inept DVD studio out there.
Posted March 08 2004 - 05:42 AM
I have the R2 UK release. It was dirt cheap and is in 1.85 widescreen. It is not anamorphic though.
Posted March 08 2004 - 06:26 AM
That'd be great! As long as we're not forced to buy both of them together.
Posted March 08 2004 - 06:31 AM
Yeah I meant it was only available in Full screen. I guess all we can do is write Universal DVD which I found by doing a search on the Internet, and writing them.
Posted March 08 2004 - 07:14 AM
I finally broke down and watched my Mom's copy of the DVD the other day and absolutely loved the movie. I'd never seen it before this. I hate experiencing a film for the first time in non-OAR, but I had heard so manny good things about this one. I will wait for OAR, but it will be hard.
Posted March 08 2004 - 12:45 PM
Open Matte, or Pan-and-Scan? If it's Open Matte, you could theoretically watch it in OAR by taping mattes over your TV screen (not that you should be forced to go to such trouble). If it's Pan-and-Scan, there's actually material chopped off and no workaround is possible.
Posted March 08 2004 - 04:38 PM
Because the movie is so great, and one of my favorites, it is one of the only, if not the only, movie I own in full screen. I would gladly trash it any day if a widescreen version came out! Extras would be great too.
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