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A&E Press Release: The World At War (Blu-ray)
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Posted October 22 2010 - 09:52 AM
Posted October 22 2010 - 09:53 AM
Have watched many WWII documentaries including Ken Burns THE WAR and WWII in COLOR. This is supposed to be the grandaddy of all WWII documentaries and I have always wanted to see it. However, looking over at Amazon (see link) there seems to be an uproar about the aspect ratio that I am guessing is being proposed for this release.
Posted October 22 2010 - 10:10 AM
The Horrors, The Horrors!
To crop or not
Some controversy surrounds the release though following the news that it had been decided to crop the original 4:3 visuals to 16:9. As Fremantle's Anthony Thomas revealed, this was the result of not only numerous comparative tests, but also commercial pressures such as the fact that when it comes to worldwide broadcast rights, 'there simply aren't any HD TV channels that are willing to consider 4:3 material. However, it's worth pointing out that all of the grading and restoration was done to the original 4:3 material, before it was cropped to 16:9. So, if for some reason we ever need it, we do have the restored version in its original aspect ratio'.
While purists will undoubtedly moan, the new framing has the approval of series' producer Jeremy Isaacs and supervising editor Alan Afriat. And as Glaridis is keen to point out, 'it's not an automated process - we're adjusting the image manually, moving it up and down, left and right to ensure that the focus remains on the most important part of the image. You are going from 4:3 to 16:9 so, unavoidably, you do lose a little of the original image. But back when all of this material was shot, even then it was pretty much on the fine line, there weren't many rules going on with framing anyway. So while some people might look at the 16:9 version and think that it's cropping a little head and that, if you go back to the original, it's often shot like that anyway, or it's blurred, and it's like "No, no, this is how it is anyway". Hopefully it won't be judged that much because if you did go back and compare it's really not far off from the original'.
Posted October 22 2010 - 01:34 PM
back when all of this material was shot, even then it was pretty much on the fine line, there weren't many rules going on with framing anyway. So while some people might look at the 16:9 version and think that it's cropping a little head and that, if you go back to the original, it's often shot like that anyway, or it's blurred, and it's like "No, no, this is how it is anyway". Hopefully it won't be judged that much because if you did go back and compare it's really not far off from the original'.
Wow! Officially the most scattered, desperate, incoherent explanation I've ever seen for cropping.
At least it starts off honest, saying it's all about selling it for foreign distribution in HD.
But then it devolves into this gibberish, which makes Vittorio Storaro's "Univisium" nonsense seem lucid in comparison.
Posted October 22 2010 - 01:36 PM
One of my favorite TV films ever, the Aussie miniseries BANGKOK HILTON starring Nicole Kidman, was also cropped from 4:3 to 16:9 for the most recent DVD, as was the series VIETNAM that she was in. I have a horrible feeling that while classic films like Casablanca and Citizen Kane will be safe, old television shows will all soon be cropped.
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