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  1. Jack Johnson

    Is Technovision Super35?

    Regarding the shooting format of "P2": I've since seen the full screen version as broadcast by the Starz channel, and it looks like a vertically un-matted transfer derived from a Super35 process, which results in significantly more of the frame being opened up on the top and bottom (with...
  2. Jack Johnson

    LIFEFORCE SE desperately wanted...

    Yep, the 2nd pair of eyes on this confirms it's NOT Anamorphic; it's decidedly UN-enhanced.
  3. Jack Johnson

    LIFEFORCE SE desperately wanted...

    No word on the length, though the official packaging states 116 minutes. But... The original poster who made the claim the new disc is anamorphic states he checked the dvd before posting to confirm, and also states there are other features on the dvds not mentioned on the packaging. This...
  4. Jack Johnson

    LIFEFORCE SE desperately wanted...

    While I believe him to be mistaken, someone's suggesting that the edition of Lifeforce contained in a current "They Came From Above" theme pack, together with Alien and Invasion of the Body Snatchers is actually anamorphic... Finally! An anamorphic release of Lifeforce. - DVD Talk Forum I...
  5. Jack Johnson

    Is Technovision Super35?

    And there's still the matter of whether IMDB is correct; does anyone know of a "definitive" source for information on a film's original shooting format and theatrical aspect ratio? X2: X-Men United, for example--uncanny, I've gone from P2 to X2!--is listed with IMDB as being Super35. But when...
  6. Jack Johnson

    Is Technovision Super35?

    Thanks for your help. Looks like Cropped City for P2 in 4x3, then... Not that that's my format of choice, of course. I was faced with a "no alternatives" solution at a certain point in time and just wanted to know about the degree of cropping heinousness under those conditions.
  7. Jack Johnson

    Is Technovision Super35?

    I don't know how reliable IMDB is with regard to technical specs about original filming formats, but they cite--for example--"P2" as having been shot in Technovision. 2.35:1 is usually denoted as Super35 at some point...but I was curious because that film is listed as simply "Technovision," with...
  8. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    That set blew my mind. --Jack
  9. Jack Johnson

    Grindhouse DVD's

    In looking over a few stills of the 1.85:1 version of Death Proof recorded off Starz, some shots look to represent nearly the entire width of the frame of the original aspect with substantial opening of the vertical mattes, whereas others show what looks to be more typical of many 4 by 3...
  10. Jack Johnson

    Grindhouse DVD's

    Interesting, I just discovered that Starz is actually running the extended cut of Death Proof at 1.85:1 (they transitioned to that after the intro), so it looks like they did open that matte up just a bit. When I get a chance, I'll take a look at some caps from the TV broadcast in comparison...
  11. Jack Johnson

    Grindhouse DVD's

    Interesting: As it turns out, Starz is running the widescreen version of Death Proof on their standard def feed...while Planet Terror was shown cropped (same "opened-up" image height from the dvd, mild cropping on the sides). Maybe this was the only version Tarantino made available to them...
  12. Jack Johnson

    Grindhouse DVD's

    The 3-perf/4-perf distinction probably explains the different degrees of side-cropping I've seen when some of these Super35 prints are prepped for 4 by 3 broadcast. Guess I'll have to read up on this. Thanks for your input.
  13. Jack Johnson

    Grindhouse DVD's

    Further airings of the theatrical Grindhouse are likely after the 31st, though they have done one-time event programming before. So, best to remember to record, just in case... Thanks for the heads-up. Starz is offering the whole Grindhouse experience, as they're also running the extended...
  14. Jack Johnson

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Bram Stoker's Dracula -- in BD

    Great point. SD--by stripping out detail--might seem to refine an image, remove the "warts and all" effect of Hi Def that's disconcerting to some. Maybe a flatter, cartoonier look seems more digitally pristine, since the limitations of the source medium are somewhat disguised. It'd be...
  15. Jack Johnson

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Bram Stoker's Dracula -- in BD

    Maybe it would've paid for the industry to wait until larger HD displays became more prevalent before rolling out the new media; that would've given the average consumer more of a chance to see the limits of upscaled SD in comparison to the full 1080p signals that can be observed over-the-air...
  16. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    So having had a chance to look over the various transfers of each cut of Blade Runner, how does everyone feel about the revised color timing of The Final Cut? I like it, but I'm also glad I went with the four disc edition to get the archival versions (SD dvd). I haven't listened to the...
  17. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    Just for clarification, in citing a few of the caps that have been circulating as an example of what I think is a bit more softness on the FC version of Blade Runner, I didn't mean to suggest that's where I first noticed it (since caps can be unreliable). I first detected this in transitioning...
  18. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    I was looking at the standard dvd set; the softness in the FC I noticed--over the other versions on disc 3--is evidenced, just barely, in some of the comparison caps between the various versions and editions floating around (dvd beaver, etc); the one of Pris's face, in particular. It seems...
  19. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    Does anyone else feel that The Final Cut is a little bit softer looking in the fine detail department in some shots, especially character closeups? I thought I noticed this in transitioning from the original theatrical cut to the FC last night; I'd made no adjustment to my equipment, but was...
  20. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    It's because I've seen the two--scratches and playback glitches--correlate so often, that I always check. And then there are those accursed expectations that new media look, well, new. But I'm driving myself crazy in the pursuit of the latter, so last night I viewed all the content on my...
  21. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    Blade Runner, four disc set: stellar content, lousy packaging...which is probably why I'm about to call for my second replacement due to scratched dvds, which really seem to be on the rise these days. I've begun to feel as if the only practical course of action is to accept damaged...
  22. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    For those who've been through this sort of thing before with Warner, how do they handle it? Request people with the incorrect dvds to mail them in for replacement? Are they quick to respond, and is there any evidence this issue's gotten enough traction to attract their notice? --Jack
  23. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    The only conclusion I drew was about how I thought Warner might approach this. For what I think: of course, the mix ought to be correct. And of course, Warner ought to do something about it. I simply suggested an angle they were likely to approach this problem on. --Jack
  24. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    Just saw the Final Cut in lowly SD. Blew me away; the cumulative effect of the restoration and all the subtle tweaks I either noted or missed entirely, is that Blade Runner is still Blade Runner, but more vibrant and "current" than I've seen it before. I've read contradictory statements...
  25. Jack Johnson

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    What's the feeling on this, does it rise to the level of needing a fix from Warner, necessitating their implementing a massive replacement program? By the way, if the 2.0 track is also offered, was it also restored, remixed for this release? --Jack
  26. Jack Johnson

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Bram Stoker's Dracula -- in BD

    My scenarios are little more earth-bound: Competent professionals did iffy work on an off day... Or: Under the direction of Francis Ford Coppola, the new transfer was taken in a subtly different direction. And in the name of not stoking broad customer dissatisfaction, SONY prefers that...
  27. Jack Johnson

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Bram Stoker's Dracula -- in BD

    I allowed that a check of the AP isn't going to happen, for a variety of reasons...which include what you cite. There are more. I couldn't rationally demand one. I was making an ironic point that--apart from any Deus Ex Machina in the form of a surprise "second look" at the AP, we'll go right...
  28. Jack Johnson

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Bram Stoker's Dracula -- in BD

    What's the Answer Print for, if no-one's in a position to actually check it against the video...especially in a case where there's such widespread dismay over a video transfer? Wouldn't that end this (not that I'm not thoroughly enjoying this discussion. Why it's a source of consternation to...
  29. Jack Johnson

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Bram Stoker's Dracula -- in BD

    So you haven't seen the answer print? Notwithstanding your holding your colleagues in high esteem, the grounds for which no one would think to impeach...are there no cases where professionals have differed in the art of faithfully transferring film to video? Is vision infallible? And should...