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Bob Harris: A Voice of Reason for the Masses

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Bill Hunt, May 2, 2002.

  1. Bill Hunt

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    As many of you know, The Digital Bits has long been an advocate of anamorphic widescreen and films being released on DVD in their original aspect ratio. We've been very active in trying to educate both the studios and consumers on this subject, and we created our widely-read Guide to Anamorphic Widescreen for Dummies for this very reason.
    But as DVD becomes more mainstream, the wider audience of average consumers seems to be having a much greater influence over the studios' decision-making in terms of how to best present their films on the format. As you all know, this audience has absolutely zero understanding of the importance of aspect ratios. And the studios seem to be reluctant to educate their consumers on issues like anamorphic widescreen and original aspect ratio. So we believe it's time for the experts to step forward, and for websites like The Bits to make a new push to take on this responsibility.
    We've been closely following the educational efforts of Bob Harris here on HTF, and in particular, his comments in this thread on aspect ratios:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...threadid=66933
    We've known Bob for a long time now. And among his recent comments, Bob specifically mentioned The Digital Bits as a good place for such an educational push. I speak for everyone at The Bits when I say that we'd be honored to support his efforts in any way we can. We're in a unique position at The Digital Bits, in that our readership doesn't just include cinephiles and hard-core home theater enthusiasts. Our audience is wide and varied, from the most savvy studio insiders and DVD producers to the most recent, mainstream consumers to jump on the DVD bandwagon. We think we're in a pretty good position to take these issues, and Bob's arguments in particular, to a much wider audience.
    For this reason, we've invited Bob to write a regular column on The Digital Bits on this very subject, wherein his own unique voice of reason can have a greater impact. Who better to educate the masses on the value of anamorphic widescreen and original aspect ratio than an expert like Bob - a man who has been responsible for some of the most important efforts to save and restore classic films in the industry?
    I hope you'll all join us in supporting both this and other efforts to educate mainstream consumers in the weeks and months ahead.
    Sincerely,
    Bill Hunt
     
  2. Paul E. Fox II

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    OUTSTANDING!

    Thanks a bunch Bill!
     
  3. MickeS

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    That sounds like a great idea.

    /Mike
     
  4. Jack Briggs

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    Excellent move, Mr. Hunt. You and Mr. Harris can count on the support of the Home Theater Forum faithful.
     
  5. Rain

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    This pleases me. This pleases me immensely. [​IMG]
    Hopefully, as you suggest, a wider audience can be reached with the help of Robert Harris and The Digital Bits.
    And, Bill, I would like to thank you for your efforts on this issue in the past. And thanks for plugging the Columbia Tristar and Disney petitions. [​IMG]
    I've recently had some exchange of correspondence with another DVD website (that I won't name here) that seemed much less interested in the preservation of original aspect ratio presentations on DVD. It was rather disappointing, to say the least.
    It's great to know that The Digital Bits is standing firm!
     
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    This is great news. Finally, the websites I love showing what they can do. Keep it up we are behind you.

     
  7. Micah Cohen

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    Every time I speak with Mr Harris, I learn something. His aquaintance is one of the greatest gifts that the HTF has brought me. I look forward to reading his column!

    Thanks Bill! Thanks Bob!

    MC
     
  8. Bill Hunt

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    Just FYI, you'll be glad to hear that Bob has accepted our offer. We're very excited about this as you can imagine. So watch The Digital Bits in the coming weeks for news about Bob's first column. And we'll be sure to keep all of our friends here at the HTF updated too. Thanks to all of you for your hard work! Maybe together, we can ensure that enlightened opinions hold sway in terms of DVD at the studios in the future.
     
  9. Steve Tannehill

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    Who is Bob Harris?

    Is he any relation to Robert Harris, the noted film restoration guru?

    - Steve
     
  10. Bill Hunt

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    The very same, Steve.
     
  11. RobertR

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    Speaking as a Robert aka Bob, he's likely the same guy [​IMG]
     
  12. Robert Harris

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    Just as a note of reference, I want to make certain that

    Ron, his administrators and HTF are very much in the loop here as a joint effort of Bits and HTF, with HTF being the location where discussions may continue.

    RAH
     
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    Great news indeed. [​IMG]
     
  14. Jack Briggs

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    He is.

    It is prudent to note, just for the record, that our own Ronald Epstein is very much in the forefront of this campaign as well. His essay/manifesto bannered at the top of this Forum is, in effect, the "war cry" of Home Theater Forum.

    So, the Bits and HTF are in this together.
     
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    Bill,

    I think that's a fantastic idea, and if I may add a suggestion...

    If you have any influence at all over other forums with an audience similar to yours and can either spread your word to them, or draw their audience to your site to read Robert's articles, I'll bet it would go a long way.

    Way to go.
     
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    Wow. I can't wait for the column! [​IMG] What a fantastic idea.
     
  17. Bill Hunt

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    Good point, Robert. As you all know, The Home Theater Forum and The Digital Bits have a long relationship going back to the very early days of DVD. We definitely intend for Robert's columns to tie closely into new and ongoing discussion threads here at HTF. We really aim to make this a joint effort.
     
  18. Parker Clack

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    Bill and Robert:

    Great news! Let me know when such articles go up and I will get a link over to it from here.

    Parker
     
  19. David Lambert

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    Great move, guys...a real winner! It's simply the best thing I've heard in the OAR education effort for a while.

    Suggestion: since this forum is also guested by people in the DVD biz, like David Prior and Charlie (I can NEVER remember how to spell his last name; I'm SOOO sorry!), perhaps they can "guest" from time-to-time or otherwise contribute?...
     
  20. Keith Paynter

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    Robert and Bill;

    This can be seen as nothing but a plus. Robert's words are well respected, and it is an honor to have him among us. Bill, that goes for the Bits, too. It's my first news site to visit every day, and the contributions of Mr. Harris, can do nothing but educate.

    I look forward to Robert's columns in the very near future.
     

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