Posted March 19 2012 - 02:00 PM
As I've mentioned before, on-line sites are riddled with errors, including TCM and IMDB. My particular area of expertise are the Golden Age 3-D titles. If you go by TCM or IMDB, you would think the majority of these films were 1.37. The fact is that 31 of the 50 domestic 3-D features were photographed and composed for widescreen. I should also point out that every single theatrical revival I've attended since the late 1970's (with the exception of a few titles at Expo 2 in 2006) presented these films incorrectly in the Academy ratio. If you want to get to the truth, you go to the trades and other primary sources, including industry trade journals like Variety and American Cinematographer. The idea that open matte is fine because that's how it was shown on television is ridiculous. If that's the accepted standard for Blu-ray, then why not use a grainy, cued up 16mm print for your transfer? That way, you'll fully replicate the TV experience. If you want to laugh at the ineptitude of the production, then why not show NORTH BY NORTHWEST in open matte so you can giggle at the microphone? Bob
If you see any instances of ghosting/crosstalk on your display, please note this is NOT an issue with the original photography, restoration, or 3-D Blu-ray authoring. Vintage stereoscopic movies have a much wider - and more natural - parallax, compared to most modern 3-D films which will exhibit fewer ghosting artifacts as a result of minimized depth. Many of the current active display LCD and LED 3DTVs do not meet cinema L/R cancellation levels and as a result, may exhibit "ghosting" with certain more demanding 3-D scenes. Passive polarized displays usually are closer or equal to having cinema grade cancellation levels, while DLP active display devices typically exceed 3-D cinema cancellation specs and are considered essentially ghost-free.