Originally Posted by Robert Harris /forum/thread/312356/a-few-words-about-the-big-country-in-blu-ray/30#post_3823961
Sorry I couldn't answer sooner. I was referring to the screenshots on blu-ray.com that FoxyMulder gives the link to.
Originally Posted by Phoebus /forum/thread/312356/a-few-words-about-the-big-country-in-blu-ray/30#post_3824552
I'd presume that this refers to the screenshots in the blu-ray.com review.
The stretched appearance may well be due to some manual lowering of the resolution to fit on the page.
That's what I thought at first but the aspect ratio of the screenshots is right (1.78). And I don't think they would have cropped them and then re-sized them to the right ratio.
Originally Posted by FoxyMulder /forum/thread/312356/a-few-words-about-the-big-country-in-blu-ray/30#post_3824563
Heres a link. I'm not seeing the issue myself but maybe your eyes are better.
Well, maybe it's just me? But just look at the first cap, it's a close-up of Gregory Peck. The head is clearly stretched out horizontally, it seems so obvious to me. Maybe the problem is, that's the normal look of anamorphic movies at the time (a moderate amount of distortion should be expected?) and you guys take it for granted, so it doesn't call your attention, and I was just ignorant about it?. I also see it easily in his other close-up (cap 9) and caps 3 and 13. The rest are wide shots, it's more difficult to tell, although personally I think they all look stretched out.
If the lens were not responsible, the source material of the transfer would have to have been incorrectly printed or blown-up or something somehow?. So as I said maybe this look is to be expected and I guess the distortion is not so severe (although I wouldn't bet on it) as in "The robe", for example? (I remember when we see Richard Burton for the first time, a medium shot with him walking towards camera, he is so "fattened out", especially if you watch it with the standard version in the little window).