Columbia Loses Another Sale

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  1. Paul_Scott

    Paul_Scott Lead Actor

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    a film i never before heard of before a few days ago
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    piqued my interest because of its cast (Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds, Jason Robards, Lee Grant, among others) and its milieu- late 60's suburbia.
    i was was looking forward to picking it up as a blind buy, until i found out it was Full Frame only.


    with each month Sony ships more and more 16:9 displays, and yet at the same time Columbia/Tri Star releases more and more 4:3 transfers of widescreen material.

    someone explain this corporate disconnect to me.
     
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    Sony is downsizing. Whoever is in charge of rational decisions must have had his position eliminated.
     
  3. TimJS

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    Paul:

    I think it's in the file behind the one labeled 'We-build-develop-and-make-outrageous-profits-in-cheap-consumer-digital-copying-components-and-bitch-n-moan-about-piracy-strategic-positioning-guide'.

    [​IMG] Tim
     
  4. Steve...O

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    Add me to the list of disapppointed fans who won't be picking this up.

    This is a good movie. Why ruin it by releasing in an incorrect version?

    Steve
     
  5. Dick

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    With all respect to Bruce Z, Columbia is simply growing worse by the day, in spite of their good work in the past.
     
  6. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    I'm surprised noone caught on to the fact that Columbia recently announced The Slugger's Wife, and it too is MAR.
     
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    Does anyone know if this is at the very least open matte (as with Columbia's Trouble with Angels) or is it pan and scan? At least if it is open matte it can be scaled...
     
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    Anyone considered sending some emails/letters to Sony Electronics branch? Tell them you're thinking about buying/upgrading to a new HDTV but are dismayed that much of the video software coming out of Sony/Columbia Home Video will have grey bars on the sides.
     
  9. Paul_Scott

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    i read that at least one person believes this was most likely hard matted to 1.66 and this transfer would framed inside that.
    the review said it seemed too tight with the tops of heads frequently being chopped off
     
  10. JustinCleveland

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    This is the most disheartening statement I have read in some time.
     
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    I sent such a letter to Howard Stringer's office a couple of years ago. I never received any sort of reply. [​IMG]
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] to Columbia for continuing to release MAR only DVDs, despite the complaints of DVD enthusiasts. Take a look at the sales charts, and you will see that Widescreen CONTINUALLY outsells MAR releases. So why would you not cater to that market?!

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  13. MikeM

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    Not to get too side tracked in this thread, but how is The Slugger's Wife MAR'd? I thought it included both the standard and widescreen presentations. Is the widescreen aspect ratio incorrect?

    THE SLUGGER'S WIFE (Region 1)
    New to DVD on March 9th

    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
    Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video
    Remastered in High Definition
    Full Screen Presentation
    Audio: English (Stereo)
    Subtitles: English, Spanish
    Bonus Trailers
    Scene Selections
    Rated PG-13
    Color
    Closed Captioned
    Running Time: 104 Minutes
    DVD Catalog # 10335
    UPC Code: 0-43396-10335-1
    Street Date: 03/09/04
    SLP: $24.96

    (info taken directly from Columbia's Press Release.)
     
  14. Michael Osadciw

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    My press release claims anamorphic video for The Slugger's Wife.

    As a reviewer I will no longer review titles not presented in their original aspect ratio. I have always advocated watching and releasing films in their original aspect ratio.

    Regards,
    Michael
     
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    Wow, I just resurrected the Apu thread to find this one right next to it. :b

    Oops.


    If that's the case, could you let us know when that's the reason? Otherwise we could end-up waiting for a review that will never come and not know why.
     
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    Sure, when I get my press releases and I find out there is no OAR I'll post it.

    Michael
     
  17. Randy A Salas

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    Mike and Michael, "Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video" coupled with "Full Screen Presentation" (and no other presentation format) is Columbia Tristar-speak for a DVD with a full-screen presentation but anamorphic menus. (Yes, it's ironic that an MAR disc would have anamorphic menus.)

    The Slugger's Wife is most definitely full-screen only. The CTHE press site has an image of the back cover that clearly shows a "1.33:1 full screen" presentation and nothing else. Short of having the DVD in hand, that's the best way to verify specs for a disc. Press releases are sometimes wrong and often worded awkwardly--as this shows.
     
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    Michael Osadciw, perhaps you should review them but only say (and explain briefly) "Not OAR. 0 Stars! [​IMG]
     
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    John,

    That's been a standing policy at DVD Town... we'll review the discs, but will make a BIG point of the MAR.
     
  20. David Lambert

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    What Randy said. Thanks for the assist!

    The Slugger's Wife will NOT have a widescreen version on it.
     

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