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  1. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    By the mid-50s many (non-revival) theaters had re-worked their screens, and replaced lenses and plates with 1.85 and 2.35. First time I saw Citizen Kane in 35mm, it was run 1.85 for that reason.
  2. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    It’s doubtful that an audience member in 1955 took note of cropped titles. Everything else could have been easily accepted - especially without reference.
  3. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    Or combine with SuperCineColor… I’m told that the MTs are exposed to the edge. They do not work at 1.85. This is being considered very seriously by Criterion.
  4. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    1.66 has the same amount of horizontal information as 1.85. The crop on 1.85 is vertical.
  5. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    Yes, but not for films shot in 1954. Film doesn‘t lie.
  6. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    Possibly one of the few shots in the film which is adversely affected by wide screen.
  7. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    This film was NEVER 1.33, unless it was a TV broadcast.
  8. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    I’m in touch with Criterion… “And there will be no war.”
  9. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    If it works, throughout, probably 1.66.
  10. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    Nothing is burned into the film elements, all of which are 1.37.
  11. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    I also confirmed that. It was a quick and dirty example. Now confirmed that the film will not work at 1.85, as the titles go outside matte.
  12. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    Does not work at 1.85. Possibly at 1.66.
  13. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    If you were the ratio czar, what decision would support a purchase? 1.66?
  14. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    Here’s the problem. Documentation is helpful, but not always accurate. There is documentation for 1.85. AMPAS chooses to run the film at 1.37, as do some other venues. Look at the film, and the headroom appears to open, but may not crop equally with the bottom of the frame. I plan to try...
  15. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    The above example does not work at 1.85.
  16. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    Paper isn't needed here. Simply facts. 1. Projectionists didn't ride the framing knob. They would set it, generally for the main titles, and leave it. If original leader was attached, that would occasionally have framing legends. But take a look at these examples, based upon the main title...
  17. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    Much of the matte positioning is dependent upon how the Main Titles fall. If they’re cropped at 1.85, then a taller frame would be correct.
  18. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    There is also the possibility that the info in the announcement is incorrect.
  19. Robert Harris

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    AFAIK, Summertime was not Technicolor. It was an Eastman 5248 production.
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