Criterion Yojimbo non-anamorphic: why?

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  1. Eric T

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    I was a little bummed out last night when I watched Yojimbo. It was presented in 2.35:1, but was letterboxed. I couldn't zoom the image on my widescreen HDTV, because then I lost the subtitles at the bottom.

    Any reason why this was not made with an anamorphic transfer?
     
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    Criterion didn't clue in to anamorphic transfers until later in their collection.
    I believe their first anamorphic transfer was Insomnia.
    I've heard a few "reasons" why Criterion didn't go anamorphic right out of the gate... but it's probably just their lack of forsight into the future sales of widescreens TVs.
     
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    FYI, the reason that Criterion did not make their first discs anamorphic was that they did not like the anamorphic downconversion (letterboxed on a regular 4:3 TV) on first-generation DVD players. The non-anamorphic video looked much better to them on the most televisions.
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    You should be able to zoom into the picture and scroll it up so that you can have both the scope image and the subtitles on your screen without the need to watch it in the 4x3 mode.
     
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