Posted August 08 2002 - 06:46 AM
Peter B again. As editor, obviously I don't write every review, and sometimes I read stuff and think "Should I cut that out?" But at the end of the day, i think our job is to review the picture, sound, and supplements, not tell people how to watch their movies. (You bought it, you do what you want with it, even use it as a coaster.)
While I usually don't "matte" films to 16x9 on my set, I cannot admit that I haven't before and enjoyed it. Some films that are shown 1.66:1 non-anamorphic I do crop, and even some 4:3 DVDs (not when I review them, but when I watch them for my own enjoyment.) For example, I was watching Salem's Lot the other night, which is show 4:3 and was shot that way, but shown 1:66:1 theatrically in Europe. Because director Tobe Hooper shot that with some "safe area" in mind even though it was not intended for 1.78;1, I do watch it cropped and did indeed find it more "pleasing."
And admittedly, i did know when I posted dan's Them review that it would piss many off, but I believe this is a controversy that's only going to grow as more buy 16x9 sets. And studios are started to do it as well...new Line recomposed some of the early John Waters films with his consent, so what happens when directors themselves start allowing recomposed 16x9 versions of their films to be released? So go ahead and flame Dan and disagree with him, fair enough, but this is a topic that I, as editor, felt was worth letting be discussed.
BTW, the review wasn't edited for content, just clarity to make it clear that it was Dan's preference, not a statement that 1.78;1 was the film's "correct" aspect ratio, which was never the point of the original text of the review.