Full Frame DVD's available on widescreen?

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  1. Chris Joyner

    Chris Joyner Stunt Coordinator

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    There are many DVD's that are available only on full-frame aspect (Happy Gilmore, Purple Rain, Timecop). I've e-mailed Universal Studios' DVD department to see if they will ever release their full-frame DVD's on widescreen, but they never answered. Does anyone know some info on this or have the same frustration I have about this subject?
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Yes, it's oft-lamented around here

    Timecop is available in widescreen outside of R1, but I don't think Purple Rain or Happy Gilmore are.

    Universal isn't the best studio when it comes to giving the customer what they ask for anymore
     
  3. LukeB

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    To be fair, at least Happy Gilmore was released in early 1998 when Universal was trying to figure out what format people wanted on DVD - Fullscreen or Widescreen. They're a lot better at doing widescreen releases now.

    Compared to the way certain other studios release their catalogue product, they're doing pretty well these days, I'd say.
     
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    Warner is starting to do widescreen reissues of some of their films.

    Driving Miss Daisy was previously unmatted-only, as was Caddyshack (although, the SE came a while ago).

    Purple Rain likely would need involvement from [insert weird symbol thingy here].

    IMO, the non-OAR titles WB will most likely re-issue in widescreen will be Arthur, Vacation, Chariots of Fire, A Christmas Story, and perhaps Stand & Deliver and Clean & Sober.

    Universal's most likely reissues would be The Sting, Babe, The Paper, and The Shadow.

    MGM would probably work on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang first. The rest, I doubt.

    Disney probably won't revist any of their non-OAR discs until the next format.

    Given how New Line Cinema has a small catalogue, they might do a widescreen edition of Joe's Apartment.

    We don't really have to worry much about reissues in OAR from Paramount, Fox, Kino, Criterion, and Image.
     
  6. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    I'd agree with Patrick's list of likely WB re-issues and would hope that Peter Weir's Fearless makes the list as well.

    - Walter.
     
  7. Sean Campbell

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    It might be a good idea to get a multi region/PAL capable player and start importing DVDs from Europe. Dozens of DVDs that are only available full frame in the US are OAR in Region 2 zone
     

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