Balto full frame only - why?

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  1. Will K

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    Universal has set a 2/19 date for both Balto films, but in full frame only. The second film I believe was direct to video, but the original was a theatrical release(1.85:1). Universal, why can't we have an OAR release in 16x9? The laserdisc release was letterboxed. Furthermore, the movie runs only 78 minutes and you can't get two versions on one disc?
     
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    Despite our apparent "victory" with regards to convincing Warner Bros. to release a few titles in widescreen that were to have been P&S, I think the studios are slowly but surely abandoning us. Fox is evidently releasing FERNGULLY in P&S, now we hear this about BALTO. It makes me want to vomit when I see studios simply igoring the consumer group that put DVD on the map in the first place. How simple it would be to put both P&S and OAR on two sides of the same disc, especially since neither FERNGULLY nor BALTO are being released as special editions. I think we're screwed, folks, unless we can produce the numbers of protests for these releases that got the attention of WB for CATS AND DOGS and WILLY WONKA. Are we up to it?
     
  3. Frank Thoennes

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    While I'm not a fan of either film, I would never consider purchasing ANY movie not in OAR. If there's a petition to sign, let me know. If there's an e-mail address where I can complain, let me know.

    I've recently refused to buy no less than three DVD's because they are butchered: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Christmas Story, and Forever Young. All Warner titles, all no sale.
     
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    I would pick up Fern Gully, but ONLY in OAR

    NO OAR = NO SALE
     
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    I think the reason they're not going to be OAR is because the majority of the public (including me) doesn't even know the films EXIST. So they think they can get away with it.
     
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  9. Cynthia

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    This needs more attention.
    Go here and tell Universal you're not happy:
    http://www.universalstudios.com/home...gi?email_id=10
    Even if you're not a fan of the film, I urge you to let them know your feelings about pan & scan before they start releasing more and more "family films" all butchered up.
     
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    I sent my e-mail. I am off to fire off a PM to peter to ask about Fern Gully.

    If someone starts a petition for these, I will add them to my site.
     
  11. Patrick McCart

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    It can't be THAT hard to make dual-layered discs of these family films and have both a P&S and LBX transfer. I think the FOX family films are dual-format (Their other family DVD's have both such as The Sandlot). I thought Universal was out of the "P&S-only" phase...

    The Vacation DVD's were made in 1997...when Warner basically re-used old laserdisc transfers. They're just open matte, too, so there's not as much damage if they were hard-matted, anamorphic, or wide-gauge.

    You'll notice that most 1997/1998 DVD's are not up to current standards and simply re-used a transfer from TV or laserdisc. This goes for all studios. Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon are the only titles from this peroid that actually don't need much work (Great audio/video, nice extras)
     
  12. David Lambert

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    I sent a note to Universal about Balto. Here it is if you're interested:

     

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