Cinemax to air P&S Lawrence of Arabia and others.

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  1. Patrick McCart

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    Cinemax aired a commercial about how they're going to show some epics in a marathon.

    Enjoy Ben-Hur and Lawrence of Arabia, big-time Oscar winners in pan & scan.

    Anyone else see this stupid commercial?

    (Ben-Hur's P&S print is at least not that ugly faded print...it's the same print used for the DVD judging by the color.)

    I'd also like to thank Cinemax...they reminded me how great it is to have Ben-Hur and LoA on DVD letterboxed!
     
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    "Good news" is that, it is only on moremax I think, so unless you have digital cable or satilite, you won't have to suffer through this garbage, just get the dvd
     
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    I gave up watching butchered versions of cable films a long time ago. Back when I didn't have much of a choice, it was good enough. Not anymore. I won't even bother with HBO-HD because of their insane policy on reformatting films to 1.78/1, no matter what the OAR. (And, if this policy has changed recently, my apologies. I haven't bothered with HBO in the last year or so.)

    Bruce
     
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    I thought Cinemax had become "Skinemax" in recent years? (Still won't watch silly softcore erotic thrillers in pan and scan!)
     
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    Jesse,

    Cinemax has always shown classic films while HBO, it's sister channel has started to do the same on those extra HBO channels you can pick up on satellite.

    Crawdaddy
     
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    This is just horrible news.
     
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    HBO has had Lawrence of Arabia on before in pan&scan. It really is a shame.
     
  9. Brian Lawrence

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    I'm not surprised at all. Premium Movies Channels never show films in the proper aspect ratio. What really gives me the red ass is Starz, They have the superpack with 11-12 channels and not one of them shows movies in widescreen, Yet they have one channel called STARZ THEATER that shows only 4 movies a week, They show the same friggin block of movies over and over all week [​IMG]
    It seems like the best channels for Widescreen are
    -Turner Classic Movies
    -Sundance Channel
    -Independant Film Channel
    -Fox Movie Channel, shows a few films in widescreen but more often than not show films cropped. The worst example was Fantastic Voyage, which their web-site had listed as being in widescreen, I set my VCR to record it, A day later sat down to watch movie, The opening credits are in widescreen and then BANG! friggin pan & Scan [​IMG]
     
  10. Andrew_Sch

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    I don't even like LOA, but showing a film with so many epic, screen-filling shots as it has in Pan and Scam should be a crime.
     

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