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#1 of 8 Richard--W

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Posted April 16 2007 - 08:02 AM

... airs tonight on TCM. This will be the second time they've shown the widescreen version. The DVD is full screen. Evidently Universal has done some restoration work on this classic Anthony Mann western. Does this mean it might be re-released on DVD in the correct aspect ratio?

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Posted April 16 2007 - 08:36 AM

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... airs tonight on TCM. This will be the second time they've shown the widescreen version. The DVD is full screen. Evidently Universal has done some restoration work on this classic Anthony Mann western. Does this mean it might be re-released on DVD in the correct aspect ratio?
It has been released in Widescreen on DVD in Region 2. What restoration work is evident from the widescreen version? The TCM widescreen version looks to be pretty similar in character to the open matte version, with a smidgen more information on the sides.

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#3 of 8 Richard--W

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Posted April 16 2007 - 09:19 AM

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It has been released in Widescreen on DVD in Region 2.


This is news to me. Is it a UK release or another country?

I would have bought the region 2 instead of the region 1 if I had known. What is the correct aspect ratio, 1.66 or 1.85?

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What restoration work is evident from the widescreen version? The TCM widescreen version looks to be pretty similar in character to the open matte version, with a smidgen more information on the sides.

I assumed it was restored to some degree because it was in widescreen and had a softer look than my region 1 DVD, but I could be wrong. I only saw the last 20 minutes or so the last time TCM aired it. I had never seen it in widescreen before although I've known the film all my life. So I will watch attentively tonight.

Thanks for your input.

#4 of 8 John Hodson

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Posted April 16 2007 - 09:26 AM

It's coming to the UK in June; the BBFC has cleared a widescreen version for DVD.
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Posted April 17 2007 - 11:11 AM

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This is news to me. Is it a UK release or another country?
Spain.

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#6 of 8 Richard--W

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Posted April 17 2007 - 11:14 AM

Spain?

Well, now I know where to look for it.

Many thanks.

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Posted April 17 2007 - 11:16 AM

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Spain?

Well, now I know where to look for it.

Many thanks.
No problem. I believe Gary Tooze did a screencap comparison with the R1 edition over at his DVD Beaver site, too.

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Posted April 17 2007 - 11:21 AM

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What restoration work is evident from the widescreen version?

Perhaps a digital rather than optical clean-up.
It looks good but not quite like it used to.
It's definitely been given the linoleum treatment.

I recorded it last night and watched it today.
The composition of the film does benefit from slight letterboxing, although I thought the aspect ratio would be wider.
I hope Universal will consider releasing the Linoleum Edition stateside for that reason.


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