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PHE Press Release: Hondo (Blu-ray)
67 replies to this topic
Posted March 13 2012 - 07:23 AM
Film Forum, and other revival theaters, presented these films 1.37 because they assumed that was correct and didn't know they were composed for widescreen. Dial M is composed for 1.85, House of Wax is not. Bob
Posted March 13 2012 - 08:43 AM
I wouldn't judge anything by video frame grabs. You never know how far in the original picture has been zoomed-in on.
Posted March 13 2012 - 09:11 AM
Not to mention these grabs are 7 years old. Jack, when did you write your comprehensive article on Hondo?
"My opinion is that (a) anyone who actually works in a video store and does not understand letterboxing has given up on life, and (b) any customer who prefers to have the sides of a movie hacked off should not be licensed to operate a video player."-- Roger Ebert
Posted March 14 2012 - 04:06 AM
Bob and I published that article in October, 2007.
Posted March 14 2012 - 04:13 AM
It was wonderful. Got any more of those??
Posted March 14 2012 - 06:33 AM
That article was a LOT of work and was basically done to combat all the PR and spin that Hondo was only shown in a few theaters in 3-D and that it was originally anaglyph. Plus, they were claiming it was a new restoration when in fact, Dan Symmes and Michael Wayne had already restored it on 35mm film years earlier. Of course, the same myth exists about KISS ME KATE hardly playing anywhere in 3-D in 1953... Bob
Posted March 14 2012 - 10:52 AM
I remember posting a link to the HONDO article back in 2007 or 2008. So much mis-information was circulating. Solid research and lucid writing actually did a lot of good, I think.
Posted March 15 2012 - 06:54 AM
Thank you Richard. Our goal was to set the record straight... Bob