Shades of the Tushinsky brothers!
Viewing Sony's release of Netflix's House of Cards, I kept going back to the aspect ratio, as viewed in projection.
I was trying to figure out...
The only thing that I could come up with, was that possibly Netflix wanted the appearance of Panavision on smaller viewing environments, while not going whole hog with what a number classic filmmakers referred to as an aspect ratio fit for photographing boa constrictors.
So our aspect ratio comes out at a nice even 2:1.
Shot with a Red Epic in 5k, and taken to a DI, the resultant Blu-ray is a perfect down-rez of what I presume was the filmmakers' intent.
Color is never what one might consider to be "normal," whatever that it. There is always a slight tint of yellow or green or mustard -- of the colors that I recall from my various visits to DC.
Shadow detail is, presumably as designed, occasionally limited, with blacks and shadows closing.
Flesh tones, again presumably as designed, are never normal.
As a project, I'm finding House of Cards an interesting, very dark visit to our nations capital, with the best (and usually worst) attributes of politics in play.
It's basically a revenge drama, filled with political gamesmanship and intrigue. Been through only two episodes. Can't wait to find the time to continue.
As an aside, one must get used to Mr. Spacey's occasional breaking of the fourth wall -- something apparently also a part of the original UK series c. 1990-95. The first words uttered in that fashion immediately took me to "Did you see her steal that fifty pound note?"