Die Hard's "Why Letterbox" Just Watched tonight!

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  1. Dave Scarpa

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    What a great explanation and demo of the need to Letterbox and OAR. It's too bad the studio that gave it to us only a short time later Embraced MAR with their Single Disk P&S re-releases. Shame on you Fox
     
  2. Scott Weinberg

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    Well said, Dave. I've shown that feature to at least a dozen people. They all "got it" completely.
     
  3. VicRuiz

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    I have been looking for this feature and I can't find it. Is it in the Die Hard Ultimate Collection DVDs or on the original non-anamorphic box set? I have the Ultimate Collection set. If it is on this one, where exactly on the disc is it?
     
  4. Jeremy Allin

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    Vic,
    Disc 2 (Five-Star Collection)
    MAIN MENU >> THE CUTTING ROOM >> WHY LETTERBOX?
    There you have it! [​IMG]
     
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    The 'Why Letterbox' spot can be found on disc 2 of the original Die Hard film (the new, remastered 16:9 version). Go to 'The Cutting Room' and you'll find it there.
    It always annoyed me how deeply buried this explanation is in the set. It should, IMO, precede the feature on disc 1. And it should precede EVERY feature that is shot at 1.66:1 or wider including P&S/MAR versions, to show people what they are not seeing with MAR. In fact, it may be more important to have this feature included on the P&S/MAR versions, as these are the folks who need educating.
    [Edit]- Jeremy beat me to it! [​IMG]
     
  6. VicRuiz

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    Thanks guys, I got it.

    I agree, this has got to be easier to find than this. If people don't know it's there, then what's the point?
     
  7. Joseph DeMartino

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    Terminator 2 (Ultimate Edition) has an explanation of Super35, including a full-motion split-screen display that shows the full Super35 frame with moving outlines denoting the widescreen and 1.33:1 frames, plus windows showing the extracted theatrical and TV views of the image. Unfortunately it is also buried somewhere in the midst of one of the special features, and I don't recall where.
    I agree the Die Hard explanation should have been accessible from the main menu of disc one, if, indeed, it didn't "auto play" as soon as you started the movie. [​IMG]
    Regards,
    Joe
     
  8. VicRuiz

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    Yeah, that's another one that I'd heard about and I haven't been able to find.
     
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    That was great from Fox. Thats what studios should do. ARE YOU LISTENING DISNEY?!!!!
     
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    Actually, Fox's recent P&S releases should be blamed on WALMART. Some of the execs there must be as dumb as their customers.
     
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    Please don't forget that Fox put out OAR versions of all these P&S movies first (and a few were SEs to boot).
    Fox is in the business of making money, as are ALL studios. However they have also stated that their commitment to OAR, as of now, is unwavering. So I really don't get all knotted up when they release P&S bare-bones versions of ALREADY EXISTING OAR DVDs. If that's extra revenue for a studio that has done us right with high-quality releases, more power to them.
    Again, as long as they release OAR versions, I don't care if they also release P&S versions. And by making the OAR versions SEs vs. bare bones P&S, they still make the OAR disc more appealing with the added value features.
    In an ideal world, we'd all tell WalMart to shove off. But thinking that it's that simple just shows that we underestimate the 800 pound gorilla that WalMart is. It's like telling Ticketmaster to shove their service charge (you can ask Pearl Jam about that fight).
     
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    Yeah, I watched it today for the first time too and thought it was great, but quite dry for something to educate the masses. I seem to remember something on those cool new Letterboxed VHS releases that were all the rage in the days before DVD. It was a really cool MARKETABLE spot showing people what they were missing. That would be the ticket, you know?

    Down with Pan and Scan Only releases!
     
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    The DHT featurette converted my wife in 5 minutes after 4 years of my lip service. Visual education works!

    Matt

    PS - I was selling DVD at Wally World in 1997 as a test store. They changed their outlook at some point from "great new technology" to "must please soccer-mom(love that phrase!)" I had to leave them..sniff...sniff...
     
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    Is this feature on all the Die Hard SE's?
     
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    Adam:
    Thanks, you expressed that much more succinctly than I did. [​IMG]
    Joe
     

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