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best version of willy wonka (original movie) to get on dvd?


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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted July 12 2009 - 04:01 PM

so it looks like there's several versions, including a much maligned pan&scan version (which i'll obviously skip).  but from what i can tell, there was an anamorphic version released in 2001, but another in 2005?  and it looks like one version actually cropped the top & bottom to make a "fake" wide-screen?

so ... uhh ... which is the best version to get?

thanks!
 

#2 of 4 ONLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted July 12 2009 - 04:09 PM

I think this is the one you want, the Ted.  2005 WS DVD.  IIRC, the HTF was instrumental in the release of the WS version after the P&S version was announced.  It all seems like so long ago!

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#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted July 13 2009 - 02:11 AM

I'm pretty sure the 2005 DVD is the same as the 2001 disc - it was just repackaged in a different case.

It's definitely the way to go for SD-DVD:

http://www.dvdmg.com/willywonkawidescreen.shtml

BTW, it's not "fake widescreen".  Yes, the fullscreen version show more info, but it's an open matte image - you're seeing things you weren't MEANT to see... 
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#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted July 13 2009 - 04:33 AM

exactly what i needed to know ... thx guys!

ps mike: i haven't gotten into BD yet ... waiting for my old-arse sony 720p RPTV to die before i make the jump.