Elephant on DVD May 4th

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  1. Justin_S

    Justin_S Producer

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    Another of the best films of 2003 hits DVD on May 4th. Unfortunately, like 21 Grams, it also has hardly any features. Oh well, just looking forward to seeing it again. This comes from DVDFile:

    Just in from HBO Home Video is a May 4th debut for Gus Van Sant's controversial and acclaimed look at the Columbine tragedy, Elephant. The disc will be light on extras, with both anamorphic widescreen and full screen transfers and Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround tracks, plus the featurette "Rolling Through Time" and theatrical trailers. Retail will be $27.95.

    Can't wait!
     
  2. Patrick Mirza

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    Here's the cover art:

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  3. Mattias_ka

    Mattias_ka Supporting Actor

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    Superb movie! Now, I don't understand this:

    The disc will be light on extras, with both anamorphic widescreen and full screen transfers


    The movie was shot in a 1.33:1 ratio and why should there be a widescreen ratio also?
     
  4. Scott_MacD

    Scott_MacD Supporting Actor

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    You know the answer already, to cater for the 16x9 set "Fill My Screen" crowd.

    *sigh*
     
  5. Mattias_ka

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    Of course I already know that! [​IMG]
     
  6. Matthew Chmiel

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    The film was shot in 1.33:1 and presented that way for film festivals.

    Now for it's theatrical release, the film was presented in 1.85:1 in most theaters.

    Confusing, huh?
     
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    Well, the OAR are, according to me, 1.33:1. Just that today's theater often cannot show 1.33:1 does NOT make the ratio right IMO
     
  8. Matthew Chmiel

    Matthew Chmiel Cinematographer

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    Most theaters can show 1.33:1, just that it would be windowboxed (The Blair Witch Project). As I said, film festivals presented the film in 1.33:1 while it was matted for it's theatrical release. When I saw the film during it's theatrical release I totally forgot the fact the film was shot in 1.33:1 and I actually thought the film was shot in 1.85:1 (the framing was pretty good actually).

    Now I'm sure Gus Van Sant had some say when the film was being released to theaters, so I'm sure he approved the matting for the film.

    We should all be lucky HBO is including the 1.33:1. They could've just put the 1.85:1 version on the disc.

    And kind of an elitist attitude there with the "according to me" huh?
     
  9. Julian Lalor

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    The French get a 2-disc DVD of this film (in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio only), with interviews, a short making of and the film by Alan Clark which inspired Van Sant's film:

    French DVD
     
  10. Mattias_ka

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    Well, like I said, the aspect ratio they shot the movie for should be the one we see.
     

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