ARTISTIC VANDALISM! Ebert rails against cropped 4x3, Wonka DVD, and "stretch modes"

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  1. Rich Malloy

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    I may not agree with many of his reviews, but he has always stood for proper sound and video during a movie.
    Good man
    LL cool B
     
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    That's a different purpose altogether though; you aren't watching for entertainment sake.. hell, normally you aren't watching.
     
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    The 4:3 version of "Wonka" uses a bit of "open matte," and a bit of pan-and-scan. Parts of the movie are indeed missing. It might not be the case for every single scene in the film, but considering Ebert's audience and the scope of his report, I think his choice of words was approprate. This article was intended to inform people of the problem, not to educate them on every detail of transferring a soft-matted 1.85:1 film to video. The process is much to complex to describe perfectly in an article of this sort.
    As for an "anamorphic print" of the movie, I'm not sure I understand what you're saying… If you're talking about film, then I can assure you that one doesn't exist (nor did Ebert claim it did), as "Wonka" is a 1.85:1 film and those aren't printed anamorphically. If you're talking about DVD, then not only does such a disc already exist, but a new version will be released in just a few weeks.
     
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    RE: Ebert

    I like that dude more and more every day.
     
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    A big "thumbs up" (way, way up) to Mr. Ebert, a true gentleman. Thanks for the post, Mr. Brown.
     
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    Anybody ever e-mailed an invite to Roger Ebert to join HTF? I think he would fit right in to our little forum. [​IMG]
     
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    Great article, glad to know there are people in the high-ups that feel the same way we do about OAR.
    btw- Anyone notice the date in that article? If I remember correctly Ebert was stranded in Canada that day with all the flights being cancelled. Just a lil bit of trivia. [​IMG]
     
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    Todd, Ebert has read some threads in this area.

    ~T
     
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    Ebert should come an post. He's an HTFer deep down...hehe.
     
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    Very interesting article. I give Ebert two [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Bravo my good man.
    And thank you for the post Al Brown
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    All I can say is HOLY SHIT!

    Shows that ignorance even goes as far as the Guggenheim. That was a sad post. It also bothers me to still see what I perceive as "removing a soft mask is OK because you 'lose' any of the picture."
     
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    Yeah, thanks Rich! [​IMG]
     
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