Biggest Pan & Scan Atrocity?

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  1. JohnnyHK

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    What's your vote for the biggest Pan & Scan only offense in the DVD world? The one that really ticks you off.
    My vote goes to The Sting. Winner of 7 Academy awards and all we have is a POS P&S release! [​IMG]
     
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    The pan and scan only release that ticks me off the most has to be Happy Gilmore. I really like that movie, but I refuse to buy it since it is P&S.
     
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    Anyone ever see the early 80's VHS release of HALLOWEEN? I've kept that little gem for the atrociousness of both its color and the pan&scan.
     
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    The one that makes me mad is "The Shadow" I have it on laser and I was really looking forward to the WS dvd. Never happened. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
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    In terms of DVD release, Muppet Christmas Carol (which was widescreen on laserdisc, even) or Happy Gilmore. Or Cheetah.

    In terms of worst-looking pan & scan exclusive DVDs, I'd go with The Journey of Natty Gann.
     
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    The Sting is not P&S, it is open matte, as is Happy Gilmore. That still doesn't make it right, but there are far worse things than an open matte transfer - at least you are getting all of the image (at least the vast majority of it) that you should have seen, with more top and bottom.

    Look at Fierce Creatures for an example of true pan and scan.
     
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    I remember watching the VHS P&S release of Multiplicity. Worst P&S job I have ever suffered through. My friend and I were actually getting queasy from all the unnatural pans during the movie.
    That was the last time I ever submitted myself to the atrocity. I simply will not watch a film now unless it is OAR.
    So basically, I've been P&S free since 1997. [​IMG]
     
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    I was just about to mention that one. Multiplicity is the most excessively pan+scanned movie EVER! Most of the movie is composed of static special fx shots with the multiple characters interacting and moving around. The Pans and scans are enough to make your head spin.
     
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    Thanks for the info, Jeff. I was going by IMDb's entry that labels it as Pan & Scan instead of Unmatted. I've always resisted even renting it for that reason. As you say, open matte's definitely a step up from P&S.
     
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    You want to see atrocious a P&S release, compare the Laserdisc of Ninth Configuration with the recently released widescreen DVD. I don't know how I ever watched that Laserdisc.
     
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    Ben-Hur, It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and Gone With The Wind.

    The first 3 are impossible to watch in P&S form. Gone With The Wind was cropped to 2.21:1 in the 1960's for 70mm showing. The thought of taking such a beautifully composed film and tilt n' scanning it to widescreen makes me sick. It's nice to know the elements to it have faded into oblivion. Let them rot!

    As for DVD...

    What was MGM thinking when they released Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in P&S-only? It has the dishonor of being the only P&S-only 65mm film on DVD. I'm hoping they correct it with a very nice anamorphic widescreen DVD.

    I'm surprised to see mentions of The Sting, Muppet Christmas Carol, and other flat films. At the most, they just get a tiny bit of image cropped as opposed to real P&S transfers such as the kind made for anamorphic and wide guage films.
     
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    Academy Award-Winning "Best Picture" Driving Miss Daisy. Shameful.
     
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    Patrick beat me to it. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! It's the first thing I thought of when I read the thead title.
     
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    Star Wars is pretty horrific (all movies0

    Anything by David Lean, especially Lawrence and Zhivago
     
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    To me, it's a tie between Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island.
    THEY'RE NOT KID MOVIES!!!
     

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