Battle Creek Brawl AKA The Big Brawl aspect ratio

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  1. John Stockton

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    I picked up the DVD for this film today but noticed that in the back it states that the film has an AR of 1.78:1 when in theatres it was 2.39:1. Has anyone viewed this DVD yet to see what the actual ratio of the picture is?? I don't want to open the shrink wrap if they have screwed up.


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  2. Mark Hammon

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    I looked everywhere for the DVD yesterday, and finally found it at Circuit City for only $6.99. I'll suspect that Walmart will put it in their $5.88 bin.

    Anyway on to your question... The package is mismarked (not a first for Fox). The DVD/film is aproximately 2.35:1 and anamorpically enhanced. On my 16:9 TV it's got small black bars (similar to those of a 1.85:1 on a non-16:9 TV). When I switched off the enhancement I had much larger black bars.

    The 1.78:1 should have referred to that type of monitor (16:9) someone just goofed.

    The film is in DTS which had an interesting surround mode but the picture was somewhat soft (in my opinion).
     
  3. John Stockton

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    Thanks again for your input. This film has never been available on widescreen and I have been anxious to see it again in its original ratio. As far as the picture being soft, I have a feeling that is the way the film was shot to give that old 20s or 30s look. I remember the picture being a little soft during its theatrical run.

    Did you spot any other problems with either the picture or the sound???
     
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    Mark:

    Can you tell me if this has the original English audio, or only Chinese with Subtitles?

    Thanks.
     
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    I'll answer my own link and say, yes, it does have the original English audio. Not the best Jackie Chan, but enjoyable.
     

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