I bought The Virgin Queen on iTunes Canada and it was non-anamorphic widescreen, so I got a refund. I tried my luck on Amazon Prime and what I got there is absolutely gorgeous.
On iTunes, "The Virgin Queen" is not even widescreen and is windowboxed on my ATV. In regard to "The Longest Day" you're correct about the aspect ratios between the two streaming services. What's weird is that iTunes had the incorrect aspect ratio, but has all of the bonus material while Vudu has the correct aspect ratio, but not all of the bonus material.
But on Blu Ray?As regards THE VIRGIN QUEEN, it is a part of the BETTE DAVIS CINEMA CLASSICS COLLECTION, along with four
other titles. The color and clarity look quite striking to me, and as best I can tell its the uncut widescreen Cinemascope
picture. I'm posting this only because I don't see it mentioned elsewhere.
That is good information. I forgot to mention that HATFUL OF RAIN in is SD on iTunes....HD widescreen on MA.This whole conversation about iTunes not having the best transfers has prompted me to take a closer look at the Movies Anywhere app on my Apple TV unit, and I'm finding MA has some superior stuff to iTunes. As you know Disney owns MA and as well as the 20th Century Fox catalog so it's not surprising that the MA app tends to have the latest transfers for Disney films as well as 20th Century Fox titles. Here's what I've found so far:
The Man with the Gray Flannel Suit, D-Day the Sixth of June, and The Proud Ones, all have 5.1 audio on MA and only 2.0 stereo on iTunes.
Smith! and Emil and the Detectives both have newer 1.85:1 transfers on MA and older 1.78:1 transfers on iTunes
Darby O'Gill and the Little People has newer 1.66:1 on MA and older 1.33:1 on iTunes.
The Happiest Millionaire has complete 169 minute (with intermission/entr'acte) iTunes has 166 minutes without intermission.
Chain Reaction has 1.85 aspect ratio and 5.1 audio on MA, and 1.78:1 and 2.0 stereo on iTunes.
While iTunes is usually my go-to for watching most of my movies, the Movies Anywhere app is giving it a run for its money.
Night People is indeed a CinemaScope production and is available on blu ray from Kino Lorber in its original aspect ratio.Anybody know anything about the Gregory Peck movie Night People? It’s poster says 20th Century Fox Cinemascope Picture but isn’t in any of the lists I’ve seen of that catalo.