All movies should be seen OAR of course, but there's an especially compelling reason why this one should be: It was shot by the brilliant Gordon Willis (Klute, The Godfather, Manhattan, Zelig, The Parallax View, etc)
hmm yeah,i was pretty disgusted to see the lack of oar on this title,the New York skyline etc would look awsome. I did a bit of region 2 searching,and found that this title is due out in the UK on 23rd of June,and the site that has it up for pre-order states aspect as 1.85:1 widescreen. The information may not be correct of course,but if true,it may be worth getting the region 2 version. I cant find a review anywhere to confirm the widescreen status atm though,but I'm hoping it is. Will keep an eye out closer to the release date here.
The above site states 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen,as do most of the online retail outlets ,(they dont state anamorphic,but do say 1.85:1 widescreen),so it looks like this version is the one to go for ,if you have the means.
I've preordered it anyway,as it cant be any worse than the r1 version-but i can post again when it arrives, to confirm for sure that the aspect ratio is what is stated,if you like.
It's kind of pathetic that the region 1 is fullscreen only,and will no doubt make it look like nobody was interested in this title in the North American market.
Yeah ,its strange. I'm waiting to see what happens with Remo Williams on region 2,it'll be criminal if it gets released in OAR over here and the region 1 remains full screen. The OAR prints obviously exist,they just seem either foolish,(or lazy) to keep releasing films like these in formats that the people who will buy them (not J6P),don't want. Region 2 doesnt normally have much to shout about,but its becoming a worrying trend where OAR isnt even offered in region 1.It may be something to do with the number of WS tv's sold over here compared with North America,i don't know. Importing is fine etc,but we shouldnt have to do it to get a film the way we want it.
Allow me to explain why MGM uses MAR transfers. Because they want to save time, and money. OAR versions exist...but they haven't been transferred to video yet. Old, VHS-era MAR transfers exist, and to save time and money that would have gone into making new transfers, they dump these old MAR transfers to DVD.
Maybe if MGM gets out of this financial hell-hole they're in, this will change...or maybe not.