Another good film ruined by pan & scan

Jim Williams

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I just caught part of Fearless on Bravo and found it to be a really good movie. I liked what I saw so much I wanted to rent it from Netflix so I could see it in its entirety, but much to my dismay it is available in pan & scan only. It is always such a disappointment to find a movie that I had missed in the theaters only to find that the DVD release is not OAR.
 

Patrick McCart

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Poor presentation, yes. However, Fearless is a flat (1.85:1) film. Thus, the fullscreen version is more or less an unmatted version.
 

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The film was shot hard-matted 1.66:1 (Allen Daviau does this will all his 1.85:1 films) and then soft-matted to 1.85:1, which means the DVD is at least partially panned-and-scanned. The LD, however, is widescreen and has far better composition.
 

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I just picked up the LaserDisc for $1.00. I hope to give it a spin soon.
 

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