They should go the whole 'On The Waterfront/Touch of Evil' and give us a set featuring all three options; hell, I'd go for that and I'd be prepared to pay a premium price.
As it stands - and I'm no 'cut my nose off to spite my face' guy - but they offer just a reframed, tilt and scan 1.66:1 and it's no sale. This is one of my favourite films; but I simply have no interest in such a thing. And it's fundamentally *wrong*.
John, I think this is a very tough one. I agree with your general point, but...
The 1.33:1 DVD release of Shane is also 'wrong' in many respects. This will look more like film (we're all hoping - it might look crap as well, I suppose). But you bought it (I'm guessing).
So the DVD was deficient in some ways, but it didn't stop us buying it. This Blu-ray Disc will be deficient in all of the ways you correctly note.
So what's the difference? Well, the difference is of course that this could be correct, whilst for the SD DVD that was impossible.
So now we're not going to buy it, not because it's deficiences, but because those deficiencies were unnecessary. For me (and I want to stress, that's for me) that would be cutting my nose off to spite my face.
I suppose I feel like this. I've seen some absolute crap over the years. NTSC-to-PAL P&S abominations, 5th generation, just to get a film that was banned in the UK (even if this new VHS version was cut anyway).
I've seen VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc, re-issues, special editions, well you get the picture. And the one thing I've learned is that we're either going to have to put up with some deficiencies from time-to-time, or just not watch a whole load of our favourite films.
Waiting for the day when every one of you films looks perfect on Blu-ray Disc? Be prepared to wait forever, because it's never going to happen.
You're right to be angry - I sign up to all of your complaints on this one. But I've got to a stage in my film-viewing, home media-buying life where I'm afraid a product has to be a fair way off the mark for me to boycott it.
Life's just too short.
But if you just wouldn't be able to enjoy it knowing what was cropped, then I appreciate that.
I can't defend the decisions made on this release, but I just about understand the rationale (it was originally shown in, and presumably won an OSCAR for the 1.66:1 version, and this will be a better 1.66:1 version) and I can just about put up with that without it ruining my enjoyment.