Are we ever going to see The Sting in it's OAR?

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  1. Tony Scello

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    I'm sure this has been discussed before but why in the world are we stuck with a full frame only version of this great movie? I believe I even saw a widescreen VHS version of this film at one time. I believe the OAR is 1.85:1. Universal doesn't appear to have any immediate plans to revisit this title. I'll be holding off until The Sting is presented in anamorphic widescreen and a load of extras as it deserves.
     
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    Just wanted to chime in on this. This film deserves a definitive OAR DVD.
     
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    I've no doubt universal will eventually present this as a collector's edition at 1.85:1. Why this hasn't been done already for so celebrated a film is a mystery. Maybe the studio is simply witholding some of their top titles so they'll have something to release in the years to come besides a seventh edition of PATCH ADAMS and NOTTING HILL.
     
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    I'm very happy to be corrected on this, but wasn't The Sting shot in Academy ratio and then reframed to be shown in 1.85 in cinemas (sorry, there's a technical term for this, but I can't recall it)?
     
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    I was also under the impression that the current dvd is open-matte, not pan & scan.
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    We need widescreen anamorphic Special Edition DVDs of THE STING, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, and BABE.
    Come on Universal and MGM, what's taking you so long?
     
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    The Sting was just on TCM tonight in all of
    its widescreen glory. And matted or not, it sure looks
    elegant and gorgeous widescreen.
    Has anyone heard if this is coming in
    an OAR version in the near future?
    I hate to sound whiny, but damn...I really ache for this
    film in my DVD collection.
    I don't want to break down, fall to the darkside, and
    go get it, but there is always a stack of them just down
    the street from me at the local DVD retailers.
    "Come on Mark, buy me. I won't tell anyone you broke
    the OAR pledge."
    "NO! I must resist! You're beautiful, but you are MAR!"
    Oh, the humanity!
    PS: and what is up with Universal and Death Becomes Her?
    That is the other Universal title where I
    just scratch my head because of the 1.33:1 DVD...and I
    long for that one too, though the pain is not as acute.
    Mark
     
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    Everytime I see this DVD in a store, I pick it up with the intent of purchasing it.

    Everytime I see that the DVD is Pan&Scan, I drop it back in the rack. I'll wait years for the widescreen release if I have to.

    My days of buying FullFrame ANYTHING is over....
     
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    The rumor is that this will be coming in August.
     
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    I read waaay back (I think it was a Studio Day report from a couple of years ago) that Charles Kiselyak (he produced the Oliver Stone Box Set and did Laserdisc Special Editions of 'Amadeus' and 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' amongst other titles that escape me at the moment...) had already made a documentary to accomodate an 'upcoming' special edition release of 'The Sting'. So if the doco's in the can and maybe a transfer has been completed can they just be waiting for an appropriate marketing window? Y'know 2003 is the 30th anniversary...

    Johnny B.
     
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    TCM played it last night in it's OAR. They are the only cable station to play films in thier OAR.
     
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    TCM is not the only one, but they are the only one to do so consistently. FMC does a better job than AMC which is almost always p&s and edited for language etc.
     
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    AMC is now All Morons Channel.

    They aired the restored My Fair Lady and Vertigo panned & scanned, plus will rarely air anything in OAR or uncut now.

    Add the fact that their selection is just another HBO, with commercials, it's a totally unwatchable channel now. They don't air films made before 1950 that often and they NEVER air silents anymore.

    Turner Classic Movies, though, is highly reccomended.

    I know I'm doing a shameless plug, but TCM is the most movie buff-friendly channel out there. Not only do they try to show OAR whenever possible (99% of their programming is OAR, with exceptions always going for licensed films from other studios only.)

    It's the only OAR-only, commercial free, uncut, movie channel there is. I'm sure many were surprised to find Papillon and The Blue Lagoon uncut and in OAR on TCM.
     
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    If TCM was available in HD, I'd be in movie heaven. [​IMG]
     
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    i also wanna see logans run, james bond movies and the graduate on tcm in widescreen and uncut if possible. what is so bad about Papillon and The Blue Lagoon to make it nessassary to be uncut. they play newer movies also, "sleepless in seatle, and the age of innocence" in oar and uncut, a film dvd fans dream come true
     
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    Papillon has a VERY long scene at the end with...
    naked women natives
    The Blue Lagoon has
    Full frontal male and female nudity nearly throughout, plus many intercourse scenes
    AMC censored Papillon and showed the P&S print before WB moved the rights to most of their post-1950 Warner-owned films to TCM. Nearly all of TCM's masters are from laserdisc transfers, with a few for DVD (many Film Preservation Associates transfers)
    Sadly, Cinemax picked up March rights for Ben-Hur, so TCM couldn't air the 2.76:1 print they had...Cinemax showed the remastered DVD version panned & scanned. [​IMG]
     
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    when does blue lagoon come on again
     

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