Importantly, the one thing we can say for sure is that CoF was not shot under those recommendations. They are specific in saying that all titles be kept within a 2:1 ratio - something clearly not the case with CoF - you'll remember that even when WB released the film on DVD they had to windowbox the titles to ensure they fitted in their less-wide 1.75:1 ratio. In other words, CoF definitely and demonstrably doesn't conform to the recommendations in that article.
I note the comments from a second article a little further down noting the two non-'scope aspect ratios of 'basic' 1.37:1 and 'wide' 1.75:1 (tolerable to 1.66:1 & 1.85:1). It says that all films should be capable of being projected in either ratio - so any 1.37:1 film would have to ensure that no heads or titles were cropped at 1.85:1.
Subsequently, the fact that any titles of a film fit within a 1.85:1 border is absolutely no sign that this was the correct ratio for the film - even 1.37:1 films had to keep heads and titles within that area.
Very important for future reference - cheers. I know that some had previously noted the fact that a film’s titles fit in a 1.85:1 window, or that heads were never cropped at 1.85:1 (“…too much headroom…!”) was proof that a film was shot for that ratio – we can now completely ditch those ideas.
Edited by Yorkshire, April 19 2013 - 12:48 AM.