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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jeff_HR, Jun 5, 2002.
Could someone put me in the know about this. I'm interested in getting a copy.
Stanley Kubrick's desired AR for the film switches between 1.37:1 and about 1.66:1, depending on the scene. All DVD releases have properly reflected this.
I'm sure there are people who know more than I do about this, but I believe the aspect ratio changes. I'm pretty sure that it is 1.66:1 at times, and 1.33:1 at times. Other than that, I'm not sure.
99% of the film is presented full frame (open matte) as Kubrick intended.
Is there a particular issue of this DVD that I should buy?
Don't get the original Warner's version (if it's still out there). While I don't think this received a new transfer in the second go-round (it was the only one that didn't really need one), there were some extra features added to it that you'll definitely want.
Unless you're gonna get the whole Kubrick Collection Boxset, I'd recommend you go for the Columbia Tristar version in the keepcase with the original poster-art. The disc is identical to the one in the Remastered Kubrick Boxset, but it's in a keepcase instead of a snapper, and has a better cover, IMO.
Rich is quite right about this. I concur.
Thanks! I'll get that one.
psst. get the box set.
I have the version in the Remastered Kubrick set... and it has the same coverart as the Special Edition... just in a snapper version to match the other cases in the set (which contains some of the best done DVDs every created... picture and sound wise, plus 'A Life in Pictures' is AWESOME)
Jeff, these folk make a very good point. I bought the C-Tristar version of "Strangelove" in the winter before the new Kubrick boxset came out. Then I bought "Lolita" and "2001".
Then I decided to get the whole damn box!
I didn't have any trouble trading my extra copies, but I do wish I'd just bought the whole box from the get-go. It's simply excellent, and the documentary is one of the finest you'll see.
When I was watching the DVD, I became convinced that it's really supposed to be 1.66 and somehow communications got scrambled with Kubrick. The 1.33 material is all (or nearly all) stock footage. The material with Sellers is almost all 1.66. It seems absurd to say stock footage that was taken off the shelf has some kind of Kubrick directorial intent behind it. When CTS says this is what Kubrick intended, I'd like to see the documentation to back that up, because it just doesn't seem plausible in the least.