And you thought the Ben Hur DVD aspect ratio was correct?

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  1. Jonathan Burk

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    http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/special/carmera65.htm http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/widescreen/lbx2.htm
    Apparently, MGM/ Warner has been catering to the letterbox crowd by inaccurately framing Ben Hur just to present a "correct" aspect ratio. The aspect ratio is correct, but they're cropping the image.
    Apologies if this is old hat; I just thought it was an interesting example of a video release that was done "wrong" just to keep the "correct" OAR.
    [Edited last by Jonathan Burk on September 28, 2001 at 12:39 AM]
     
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    I believe it is "old hat" -- that writeup was discussed back when Ben Hur came out.
    But I'm sure some who didn't see it then will find it interesting now.
     
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    Obviously, I missed the original discussion and found the links above very interesting.
    I have several versions of the letterboxed Ben-Hur including the DVD.
    There have always been one or two scenes that I thought were tightly cropped on the sides even allowing for overscan etc.
    Now all is explained - thanks.
    I think the only way we will get to see the full OAR is if the 70mm film itself is restored and reprinted, maybe with a theatrical release....one day.
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    Sorry - double post
    [Edited last by Nicole P on September 28, 2001 at 02:00 AM]
     
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    And it happens all the time, not just Ben-Hur.
    Patton is another case. One that I thought widescreen museum also used as an example (but I say that from memory).
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    Patton on laser disc is used on The Widescreen Museum site (excellent source!) as an example of poor framing. Patton on dvd is used as an example of correct framing.
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