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1.66 widescreen?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Xenia Stathakopoulou, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. Xenia Stathakopoulou

    Xenia Stathakopoulou Cinematographer

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    Ok, i know what 1.85 widescreen is, and 2.35 original aspect ratio. But if a dvd is listed as 1.66 what is it ? I never owned a dvd like that , so i need to know what it will look like.
     
  2. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    On a 4:3 TV, small letterbox bars. On a 16:9 TV, it depends on how the disc has been formatted; if it's anamorphic and properly "windowboxed" (and that's rare), there should be small bars at the sides that may be hidden by overscan.

    1.66:1 is a common AR in Europe. As the math indicates, it's not as wide as 1.85:1, but it's wider than a standard TV screen (which is 1.33:1). A lot of films framed for 1.66:1 end up getting slightly cropped at the top and bottom for U.S. theatrical exhibition.

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  3. Xenia Stathakopoulou

    Xenia Stathakopoulou Cinematographer

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    Thanks Michael ![​IMG]
     
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    Some good examples of 1.66 are:

    North By Northwest
    Some Like it Hot
    RoboCop - Criterion Editon
    Rear Window
     
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    Maybe someone can tell me, what's MAR stand for? I know that OAR is original aspect ratio...
     
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    On this subject, should I just go ahead and buy the Some Like It Hot special edition even though it's not anamorphic? I've got a widescreen set and I'm assuming a 16x9 enhanced version of this movie won't be released in my lifetime?
     
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    MAR-Modified Aspect Ratio
     
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    Thanks Jeff! Is there an online dictionary of sorts where you can find this stuff out? I never saw one at the Bits...
     
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    Always looked 1.66 on my TV, I'm gonna check that one tonight. It's listed 1.66 in the IMDB too.
     
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    Some Like It Hot Special Edition is anamorphic here in the U.K. Looks nice, very cheap too! I really need to watch it again actually!
     
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    I've noticed alot of animated Disney movies are 1.66. Is that their preferred aspect ratio for animated movies?
     
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    Personally I find the true 1.66:1 ratio very pleasing to the eye. It is just enough narrower than the 1.33:1 t.v. screen to make it look theatrical, and I simply have an innate preference for vertical imagery. A film that was shot at 1.66 and presented that way on DVD (WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION; KISS ME DEADLY, ETC.) is to me as good as it gets. I, too, am a purist when it comes to OAR, no matter what the ratio, but 1.66 just appeals to me more than, say, 2.35:1, except in rare instances where the extra wide frame is truly used well (as it once was but rarely is anymore).
     
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    "The Truman Show" is also 1.66:1. I remember watching it on my old 4x3 tv and wondering why the black bars were so tiny.
     
  20. Xenia Stathakopoulou

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    So basicly what it comes down to is 1.85 is bigger bars than 1.66?
     

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