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  1. Douglas Monce

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Cleopatra (1963) - U.S. Release -- in Blu-ray

    The studio was literally closed. There were two films being made, Cleopatra, and The Longest Day, both in post production. The studio needed cash NOW, which is why Cleopatra was released as one 4 hour movie. The suggestion had been made to rush The Longest Day into release, but it was Darryl...
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    special effects becoming noticeable

    Analog TV, at least the NTSC variety, had a resolution of 640 X 480. That is 480 scan lines high, by 640 individual RGB phosphors wide. At least thats the way the tubes were built. Most TVs overscanned making the effective resolution somewhat less. I think the 240 you are referring to was the...
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    special effects becoming noticeable

    The lagoon in Gilligan's island is actually the same lagoon that was in MANY Republic Serials of the 30's and 40's. Giligan's Island filmed on the old Republic lot, and made extensive use of the "jungle" "lagoon" and "Cave" sets. Doug
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    Could the original, unaltered STAR WARS be on its way to Blu-ray?

    None of the prequel films exist in a completed form on film. Episode 1 was shot on film, but all post production was done at 2k digital resolution. I'm unaware of any degraining done to the original masters of this film. It was likely unneeded, as the film was shot with anamorphic lenses using...
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    Happy birthday Back to the Future; will its Blu-ray transfer ever get corrected?

    The "To Be Continued" Appeared on the original VHS release of the film. I never liked it, as I thought the smash cut to Robert Zemeckis' director credit was far more effective. Doug
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    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    2001 was not anamorphic, it was Super Panavision 70, which is 65mm film with spherial lenses. Doug
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    Man of Steel - quick review

    In Superman The Movie, there is the scene where Ma Kent is looking out the kitchen window at Clark out in the field. She, and everything else in the kitchen are in silhouette, except for the Cherios box which has a kicker light on it so the logo will STAND OUT! Even when I was 12 in 1978, this...
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    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    The long credit crawl started not with Star Wars, but in the early 70's some time. It came mostly because all of those people were no longer studio employees, and their unions started demanding credit. I've always been baffled by the fact that some of the performers that contribute most to the...
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    Netflix goes [email protected]#%@ insane, it's $16 a month now if you want to keep 1 DVD + streaming, $18 for 1 B

    That would violate their contract with Netflix and would end up costing them in court. Besides they make money from Netflix success that they have to do almost nothing to earn. Doug
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    Which Aspect Ratio(s) is your preference for "Shane" on Blu-ray?

    If I were a suspicious man, I'd say that Warner Bros is crazy like a fox. With all this controversy, they will sell 3 times as many units of this film!Doug
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    Shane Blu-ray... in 1:66?

    On two different occasions I shot short films in HD at a 1.78:1 ratio, then changed my mind in post and recomposed them, one for 2.35:1 and the other to 1.33:1. It was not particularly difficult to reframe the shots for the new ratio, and on screening, no one was the wiser in either case.Once...
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    Which Aspect Ratio(s) is your preference for "Shane" on Blu-ray?

    Sorry I didn't see the ...etc. Doug
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    Shane Blu-ray... in 1:66?

    Every film has comppromises, be they imposed by a studio or by fate. Doug
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    Which Aspect Ratio(s) is your preference for "Shane" on Blu-ray?

    I think you forgot 2.20:1. Or is Todd AO/ Super Panavision 70 not a proper aspect ratio? Doug
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Life of Pi -- in Blu-ray & 3D

    I will still wait and see if the people who worked on this film are paid what they are owed. So far that hasn't been the case. Doug
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