Beauty and the Beast: IMAX edition formatting

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  1. James Reader

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    I understand that most modern Disney films are animated at an approx 1.66:1 ratio and wouldn't be surprised if both the original and special editions on the upcoming DVD are presented in this format.

    However, as well as adding the new song - didn't Disney re-animate several pieces of animation for the IMAX presentation where they felt the original animation was rushed or wouldn't stand up on the big IMAX screen?

    Do you think the DVD will also include these redone sequences on the 'special edition' and the older, original sequences on the 'original cut', or do you think that the only difference between the original and special edition will be the insertion of the song?
     
  2. Chauncey_G

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    I have no idea what they'll do with the DVD, but yes they did tweak some scenes here and there to compensate for the size of the IMAX screen. Most of that was in background animation.

    In the original release, many of the background characters that were just filling space (think crowd scene at the end of the opening song) were just rudimentary drawings that did the job on the conventional screen. On the IMAX screen, however, these rudimentary drawings became obvious and they had to improve them.

    In the original release, near the end of the movie, we just went straight into Beast's and Belle's big date. In the IMAX edition, we have the new sequence of all of the servants singing while they straighten the place up preceding the "date". To maintain continuity with the scenes after the new one, the artists had to go back in and "clean up" the castle to make it look all spruced up from the once-over it got from the servants.

    Of course they messed with other little things here and there, but those are the biggest examples I can think of right now.
     
  3. Peter Kline

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    I wonder if they fixed Belle's eyes. That tended to be regular then wide-set in some sequences. Also I suppose that door to her house that opened either inward or outward stays?
     
  4. Michael St. Clair

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    I really, really hope the Work In Progress version is the same as the LD and doesn't have 'fixed' finished sequences.
     
  5. Peter Kline

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    Work In Progress is the original. There's also the original version plus the fixed version as well. 3 films for the price of one!
     
  6. James Reader

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  7. Peter Kline

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    No branching. All 3 versions are shown in their entirety. Disney made it clear in their press release. What else can be said.[​IMG]
     
  8. Michael St. Clair

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    No branching? The 3 versions are all on disc 1!

    Over 260 minutes of footage, plus commentary, french language, karaoke, and a couple of small supplementals, all on the first DVD-9?

    I'm sorry, but based on my experience with tons of animated DVDs, you don't put over 4 hours of animation on a DVD-9 and have it still look good. Video bitrate will have to be less than HALF that of Pinocchio!

    This is troubling.
     
  9. Jeff Kleist

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    The work in progress is on its own DVD
     
  10. Robert Cook

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    James Reader wrote:
    This is very troubling. If they didn't use branching, the encoding quality would suck big-time, and if they did, there would be reason to doubt that all three versions will truly be intact.
     
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    Jeff Kleist wrote:
     
  12. Peter Kline

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    Branching or not, here's info on the 2 disc set:

    Edition Details:

    • Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    •*Animated, Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
    • Theatrical trailer(s)
    • Disc 1:
    • High-Definition Transfer Using Digital Technology
    • 3 Versions Of The Film
    • -Special Edition
    • -Original Theatrical Edition
    • -Work In Progress Edition
    • Audio Commentary
    • Sing-Along Track
    • Maurice's Invention Workshop Game
    • Disc 2:
    • The Story Behind The Story
    • Character Profile Game
    • Disney's Enchanted Environments
    • The Broadway Musical
    • Disney's Animation Magic
    • Chip's Musical Challenge Game
    • "Beauty And The Beast" Music Video By Jump 5
    • "Break The Spell" Adventure Game
    • The Story--Bringing The Story To The Screen, Early Presentation Reel
    • The Music--Alternate Score: The Transformation, Alternate Version: "Be Our Guest," Deleted Song: "Human Again," Beauty And The Beast Music Video, Original Demo Recordings With Introduction By Alan Menken
    • The Art--Designing Beauty And The Beast, Art & Design Gallery
    • The Characters--Character Galleries, Animating Beauty And The Beast
    • Pencil Version: The Transformation
    • Animation Tests
    • Setting The Stage
    • Layouts & Background Gallery
    • Tricks Of The Trade
    • Camera Move Test
    • Release & Reaction, Poster & Ad Design, Trailers & TV Spots, Large Format Trailer
    • Widescreen anamorphic format
     
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    Peter Kline wrote:
     
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    I'm betting that the WIP version is the same old version, and that seamless branching is used for the other two versions.

    I'll bet the 'original' theatrical version is the IMAX version with the new scenes cut out.
     
  15. Peter Kline

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    No betting allowed on this site.

    You are going to get 3 versions of the film. The original theatrical will be different then the new one because the new film contains tweaking of scenes and not just the new sequence. Branching would probably not work. The press release says 3 versions which will include the WIP (same old version - did you want a new one?), the original film and the new, IMAX version. The film runs 84 minutes and a dual layer disc can easily contain all 3 versions.
     
  16. Jeff Kleist

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    It at least used to be 3 discs

    Seriously, the differences between the first 2 versions is under 5 minutes. They'll just branch them

    Given that the movie is what, 90min long? You can easily fit the first 2 on one layer and the WIP version on layer 2.
     
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    Michael St. Clair wrote:
    Seriously, there are many differences between the Original Theatrical and Special Edition versions aside from the extra scene.
     
  19. Peter Kline

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    All of this is an interesting exersize, but why not wait until the disc is released? Disney is certainly not going to put out a sub-par version of the film. Everybody's jumping the gun and dismissing the information already given out. Also, if some on this thread simply don't want to believe what the press release says it's OK by me. There will be plenty of egg to go around.[​IMG]
     

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