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Aspect Ratio Documentation

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Bob Furmanek, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. AnthonyClarke

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    Since I've collected every Mercury Living Presence I can in 24-96 sound, this will be a compulsory purchase. I'll have to haunt Ebay till I get a decent price since I can;t participate in Shout presales.
     
  2. Bob Furmanek

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    The first widescreen production from Douglas Sirk and Russell Metty (and the fourth from Universal - http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/the-first-year-of-widescreen) is currently undergoing restoration from archival 35mm elements.

    TAZA, SON OF COCHISE is coming to 3-D Blu-ray in 2020!

    Archive 2020 collage.
     
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    History of Mankind (1957) on TCM right now in 1.33, should be around 1.85.
     
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    . . . and I will buy it!
     
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    Is that the same as Story of Mankind? If so, the MOD DVD is also 1.33:1. I think the rationale was that although the movie came out in the widescreen era, a great many of the clips sourced from other films were from 1.33:1 films. I’m not sure I agree with the thinking but at least it wasn’t a totally random mistake.
     
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    It's probably just an ancient 1" video master. There wasn't even a VHS or laserdisc release of the film, so I doubt it's been touched in decades.
     
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    Hey Bob, can you help with a 1955 film aspect ratio? Can you confirm if Beast With a Million Eyes, aks Beast with 1,000,000 eyes should be widescreen? IMDB lists 1:37, but I assumed that being from 1955 it would most likely have been presented in flat widescreen, 1:85. The bluray came out in full frame. I'm assuming this is incorrect. Any chance you can confirm the correct aspect ratio?

    -thanks again,

    -Mark
     
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    Bob Furmanek

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    Yes Mark, filming began in late April 1955 and it's composed for widescreen.

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    Hmm! Wonder how Cole Porter could have overlooked "Terror-Scope" for his song Stereophonic Sound from Silk Stockings?
     
  10. Bob Furmanek

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    GOG was advertised in Horrorscope in June 1954 and REVENGE OF THE CREATURE used the same in mid-1955.

    tumblr_mowideP5ma1qf2my8o1_. Gog-Revenge-master.
     
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    Yeah, that "filmed for widescreen" on the poster is so hard to understand for Blu-ray companies.
     
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    These names for widescreen "processes" are really hilarious.
     
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    Hey Bob,
    Looks like we may need your expertise yet again.
    Scream/Shout Factory just announced X The Unknown (1956) for Bluray release in February. They have it listed as 1:37, as does IMDB. Being from after the widescreen conversion, I am going to assume that this is incorrect and that it should be widescreen? Any chance you can assist and shine a light of knowledge on this? Thankfully your info helped them with attack of the puppet people Hopefully you can save the day again!
     
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    Shout has already said on Facebook that the listing is incorrrect and the Blu-ray will be widescreen.
     
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    I don't know what information Bob has but, along with most other Hammer films, Kine Weekly didn't state the aspect ratio. It would have been either 1.66:1 or 1.75:1 in 1956.
     
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    Good deal. Glad it was just a posting error.
     
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    mediterranean_holiday_color_poster.

    mediterranean_holiday_wonderama.

    mediterranean_holiday_cinevision.

    mediterranean_holiday_cinerama.
     
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    Based on this I know what Cinerama and Cinemascope are--- but what are the other ones? Somehow I remember reading that Wonderama involved somehow splitting the image in two but not sure if my memory or indeed the information itself was correct. Anyone know?
     
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    Wonderama: 4-perf 35mm format in which an anamorphic image - filmed in another format, such as Technirama - is 'unsqueezed' and split down the middle. The two halves are configured side by side ('toe-to-toe' formation) in the space normally occupied by a single 4-perf 35mm frame. A prism on the projector rearranges the images into a 2.64:1 projectable frame. Originally known as ARC 120, and sometimes billed as Miracle ARC 120.

    CineVision: Non-existent format, used for promotional ballyhoo.
     

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