Disney Pro & Anti Widescreen at the same time....

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  1. todd s

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    Whereas Disney has decided that people don't want the black bars and released some of their movies in Pan & Scam only. I was surprised when I opened my Pearl Harbor Directors cut to see a supplement appropriately called "Why Letterbox?". Here is what they write about it:

    "In an effort to educate the video consumer about the benefits of presenting a film in its original aspect ratio, we have provided this supplement, which demonstrates how much of a widescreen film you are not seeing in the traditional "Pan & Scan" format."

    I commend the people who created this disc for doing this. Although, my only suggestion would be for them to play the supplement for the marketing department or whoever decided that Snow Dogs & Max Keeble should be p&s only. Also, if Disney decided to pus WS with their immense Marketing machine and with all the outlets they control. Their is no reason they couldn't do more to push the benefits of WS than anyone else.
     
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    I'm guessing Michael Bay had a lot to do with Pearl Harbor being letterboxed (on VHS too, but at 1.78:1).

    A demonstration of letterboxing on Snow Dogs and Max Keeble wouldn't be quite as persuasive, as they are open matte films, and would just show that you are missing some of the picture in the letterboxed version.
     
  3. John Berggren

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    Special thanks to Michael Bay.
     
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    I thought it was also had more to do with David Prior. (the only other "Why Letterbox?" featurette was on Die Hard, which he also produced)

    Oh, and Michael Bay is the Anti-Christ, dammit!!
     
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    Disney isn't anti-widescreen.

    Except for Snow Dogs, all of their old unmatted and P&S transfers are usually old laserdisc or TV transfers.

    It's not really being anti-widescreen, but rather anti-new transfer. This is the same for WB, Columbia, and Universal.
     
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    Kudos to Michael Bay if he indeed was a driving force behind this.
     
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    Michael Bay is a HUGE OAR supporter, and he refuses to ever shoot Super35 again. Needless to say that I like the way the man thinks, and that's all I'll be saying bout that
     
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    Something like this should be standard on all DVD releases, maybe on "big budget" movies, at least for a while anyway.
     
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    Max Keeble's Big Move is presented in widescreen on the R3 Hong Kong DVD distributed by IVL for Buena Vista International. Don't know if its enhanced for 16:9 but it is at the proper AR.
     
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    I like Armageddon and Pearl Harbor, and I have never seen Memento, shoot me now.
     
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    Where can I order the Region 3 Max Keeble?? I was dying to get this movie and was royally pissed they put it out pan and scam over here, I'll buy the region 3 now just to get even!
     
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    www.yesasia.com
    Click on Western, then New Releases. You can also do a search for it.
     
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    Scott_MacD, I just watched my 5[​IMG] Die Hard from my Die Hard: Ultimate Collection and thought that the "why letterbox?" was a great supplement. it should be shown all the TVs at Best Buy and Circuit City [​IMG]
     
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    The thing is, wasn't SLEEPING BEAUTY actually filmed twice? Once for widescreen and once for 1.37:1? Or did In dream it?
     
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    I always thought it was funny how Snow Dogs was p/s, and all the deleted and extended scenes were in widescreen.
     
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    Interesting to hear that the supplements on Snowdogs were in widescreen. That's very telling. I've never seen Snow Dogs, and won't rent or buy without OAR.
     

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