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'STEPHEN KING'S IT' DVD - Widescreen!


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#1 of 19 OFFLINE   Esten

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Posted September 28 2002 - 02:20 AM

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I wonder if the director just wanted it re-framed,or they had a theatrical release in mind when they made it? hrm.

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#2 of 19 OFFLINE   JakeR

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Posted September 28 2002 - 02:32 AM

It was a miniseries and in no way intended for U.S. theatrical release. I suspect they might have done something with it overseas, though, and filmed it in widescreen.

#3 of 19 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted September 28 2002 - 02:44 AM

They probably didn't film it in a widescreen process, but rather composed it to be shown open matte at 1.33:1 or 1.85:1 for Europe. Since there's a commentary with the director, it's likely that the wide ratio was requested...

#4 of 19 OFFLINE   Christian Preischl

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Posted September 28 2002 - 04:04 AM

Or the cover's wrong, wouldn't be a first. I guess, we'll see next week. Chris

#5 of 19 OFFLINE   Skoobooz

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Posted September 28 2002 - 05:16 AM

Actually, I just bought it. And it is indeed in 1.85 anamorphic widescreen! Picture quality is generally good, quite grainy at times, but still not bad. No awkward framing, either. Fine sound (a bit tinny, but considering it was a low-budget TV movie, it's not bad). Only listened to snippets of the commentary, but it sounds good. Overall, a recommended purchase.

#6 of 19 OFFLINE   Christian Preischl

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Posted September 28 2002 - 09:23 AM

[quote] And it is indeed in 1.85 anamorphic widescreen! [quote] Wow, I was convinced that the cover is wrong. Really surprising, considering the age of the show. I hope that's really what the director wanted.

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#7 of 19 OFFLINE   Gordon McMurphy

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Posted September 28 2002 - 09:36 AM

Is the Salem's Lot DVD in widescreen? Gordy

#8 of 19 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted September 28 2002 - 11:53 AM

Salem's Lot is fullframe.

#9 of 19 OFFLINE   Matthew Rasbury

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Posted September 28 2002 - 04:51 PM

Sweet, I thought it was just a director's commentary, didn't know it had some of the cast.
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#10 of 19 OFFLINE   Jeremy Allin

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Posted September 29 2002 - 01:16 AM

This is a pleasant surprise! Posted Image

I've had mine pre-ordered from Future Shop for a while now, but just assumed it was 1.33:1.

#11 of 19 OFFLINE   Gordon McMurphy

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Posted September 29 2002 - 04:14 AM

Salem's is 1.33! Denied!

For years, I thought it was shot in Panavision, but it was not shot in Panavision, but with Panavision... cameras and lenses! D'oh! :b

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One little facoid about It: Director Tommy Lee Wallace was the production designer on John Carpenter's Halloween, and he chose two masks for Michael Myers. The one that was rejected was an Emmet Kelly mask! A scary clown mask! Then he directed It! Weird. Posted Image


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#12 of 19 OFFLINE   jacob w k

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Posted September 29 2002 - 04:49 AM

Was It originally shot in widescreen or has it been cchanged from full frame?
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#13 of 19 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted September 29 2002 - 05:32 AM

It was not shot in a widescreen format. The film WAS shot to be viewed at 1.33:1 or 1.85:1 (for other countries) on normal 35mm. A movie doesn't have to be shot in a widescreen process to be widescreen.

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Posted September 29 2002 - 05:52 AM

Having just finished the commentary, I can say that it's very entertaining. John Ritter, Tim Reid, and Dennis Christopher are recorded as a group, and provide most of the humor. Richard Thomas is also recorded seperately, and is interspersed occasionally. The director, Tommy Lee Wallace, provides most of the information (especially towards the end of night one). It's interesting: the film is split over two sides, on two single layers. But anyway, it's a good disc.

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Posted September 29 2002 - 05:53 AM

Can't wait to check this out...thx for the info.
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#16 of 19 OFFLINE   Tom Oh

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Posted September 29 2002 - 06:43 AM

It's not OAR and I detest the fact that top and bottom are cropped. There is no way this was shot for wide screen format! I saw Bourne Identity (Mini series) on DVD and was pissed that it was in wide screen format. Most of the shots are too tight! Characters frequently have top of their heads cut off and Eifel Tower is also cut off at the top. I love anamorphic but I want OAR more. Bourne looked just too tightly framed. Posted Image

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Posted September 29 2002 - 07:22 AM

How funny! With the coming of HDTV we will have cropped 2.35 and 1.33 movies. Modified to fit our spiffy new 1.78 monitors. Who could ask for anything more?

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Posted October 14 2002 - 06:16 AM

[quote] It's interesting: the film is split over two sides, on two single layers. But anyway, it's a good disc. [quote]

Split? Mine is all on one side. 1 side Standard, the other Widescreen. Well, that's what it says on the DVD itself (inside ring). So you know what? I missed the first half of the movie last night!!!! ARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!

I had seen it when it first came out. Showed it to my wife last night and thought "there's a hell of alot missing here". Then the show was over and I know I missed It in the sewer looking up through the gutter. So I came here and now I know why.

Makes me want to swear. @#%#$% @#$#$% !#$%!$!!!!!! Grrrrrrrrrr!

Ok, I feel somewhat better now, but I gotta show my wife part 1 tonight. One of these days....

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Posted October 14 2002 - 06:58 AM

So how did you guys miss the HUGE thread about the fact that not only was the IT DVD cropped for fake widescreen, but that it is edited down as well? Hold on to the laserdisc if you have it, as it is in OAR and uncut, not garbage cropped/edited junk like the DVD.




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