Correct aspect ratio of Gone with the Wind...

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  1. Woo Jae

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    Can someone tell me what the correct aspect ratio for the Classic film Gone with the Wind ? On the box, it states that the movie is the standard version.
    Thank you in advance for your replies....
     
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    1:37
    The dvd is in it's proper ratio which is fullscreen [​IMG]
     
  3. Jeffrey Gray

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    Oh, that's easy. The OAR is 1.37:1 (very close to 1.33:1, the aspect ratio of 4:3 TVs.) So the disc is OAR.
     
  4. Rain

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    FYI, pretty much every pre-1950s film is 1.37:1 or close.
    Also aspect ratios can be found on www.imdb.com. You can do search for the film you want, then click on "Technical Specs" from the list on the left hand side of the screen.
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  5. Tony-B

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    As others have said, it is 1.37:1. The back of the box says "This film is presented in the standard format, preserving the original theatrical presentation." or something to that extent.
     
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    The film was re-released theatrically once in a bastardized "pseudo-widescreen" 1.85:1 aspect ratio that had the critics howling in protest.

    The current DVD release presents the film properly, in it's original aspect ratio.
     
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    Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.[​IMG]
     
  9. SteveP

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    In 1954, GWTW was released in a 1.85:1 "widescreen" version and at that time certain shots were hard-matted (and built into the original negative, no less) so essential information would not be lost.

    In 1967, the film was blown up to 70MM (2.2:1 ratio) for roadshow release and then had a general release in 1.85:1 ratio.

    It was thus incorrectly projected until the 1988 Turner restoration which returned to the Technicolor three-strip negative as an aspect ratio source for the first time since the late 1940's.

    The modified "widescreen" shots remain in the printing negative (slightly zoomed in on all videos of the film), however, and are painfully obvious in theatrical projection--who knows if any printing material of those shots still exist in the original 1.37:1 ratio?
     
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