Are musical films becoming known as children films?

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  1. Greg_M

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    What's going on. "Chicago" wins the Oscar as Best Picture. It is an Adult film - murder, greed, fame, sex, gin, jazz etc.

    Two DVD's are released - one wide screen and one Pan and Scan. Next thing you know MGM releases "West Side Story" in Pan and Scan (About half the price than the box set)

    Columbia/SONY releases "Annie" in Pan and Scan (originaly they released the DVD in widescreen but that version is now OOP)

    MGM goes on to release "Man of La Mancha" and "I Could Go On Singing" in Pan and Scan only.

    Are Musicals becoming know as Childrens films? Are we going to be subjected to Pan and Scan only versions (Pan and SCan all but eliminates any sense of the choregraphy.)

    What's going on here? We all know Hollywood always copies what the other guy is doing, but this is not a step in the right direction by no means.

    Recent Pan and Scan releases (I'm sure there are others):

    Chicago
    West Side Story
    Annie
    Man of La Mancha
    I Could Go on Singing


    Any way to stop the maddness?
     
  2. Rocky F

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    Why would you equate Pan and Scan with Children's films? Is is okay to butcher films made for a younger audience? I agree that OAR is the way to go, I just don't get the connection between P&S and children's films.
     
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    A usical?
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    I believe that's an usical! [​IMG]





    But, seriously, my kids have been indoctrinated into the belief that OAR is the only acceptable way to go.
     
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    "Are Musicals becoming know as Childrens films?" Huh?
     
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    Well, from the early 80's until Moulin Rouge in 2001, the only popular Hollywood musicals were animated works like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, so that may have something to do with it.
     
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    hopefully greg will come back to this thread to let us know what the heck he is asking about.
     
  8. Nick Sievers

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    Tony, my interpretation is that he is assuming P&S is attributed towards children's films on DVD. Which is obviously not the case.
     
  9. Greg_M

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    Sorry guys, my computer was acting up when I typed in the title.

    It seems MGM has had a policy of releasing children's films in Pan and SCan only editions, and now they seem to be following suit with musical films (West Side Story, Follow That Dream, I Could go On singing, Man of La Mancha)

    Why all of a sudden are these films being treated the way they havd treated their children's library. These films were made for adults.

    Don't know what's going on over at Columbia either. Something is wrong.
     
  10. Robert Ringwald

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    I knew exactly what he was talking about.

    Most studios consider children's titles less worthy of widescreen version.

    A lot of recent releases of musicals have been cropped. He was thinking..."Are studios just thinking all musicals are for children?"

    Add Sound of Music to the list that got a second release (in p&s)
     
  11. Lloyd White

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    I guess they assume the only adults who'd watch these films are old people who grew up on musicals. As you know, Kids really don't care about widescreen this, pan and scan...ahem.
     

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