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Matt Brighton

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Got the new Giant DVD for review today and I popped it in and the image is fairly clean. Though the 1.66 aspect ratio is not 16:9. Any ideas on this? Warner embargoes reviews until 2 weeks prior to street (June 10), but I'll post a link to it then.
 

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Well, at least it ought to be a good enough transfer so that 16x9 set users can enlarge it a bit.

At least it's not 16x9 and overmatted to 1.78:1.
 

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When was it officially stated that it would not be anamorphic?

Some of us were hoping it might be Warner's first 1.66:1 anamorphic transfer.
 

Matt Brighton

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It's not anamorphic. Sorry. I wish it was. It still looks good in "enlarged" mode on my TV, but I was hoping for a North by Northwest type transfer. That's 1.66:1 and looked great. In any case, even on the back of the box it doesn't state "...enhanced for widescreen televisions". I did compare it to my Canadian import version and the picture is noticeably improved (and that was supposedly "enhanced for widescreen TV's"). At any rate, it's a good picture and it's the best the movie has ever looked. So I suppose we should be thankful for that. Really!
 

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My apologies. I must have misread as I didn't realize you had the disc already. Oops.

Oh well, as long as the image is improved (which would not be difficult), it's ok with me.

This has got to be the only instance I know of where a non-anamorphic transfer is released as an SE after an anamorphic transfer had already been released.
 

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Not sure what (if any) differences there’ll be but this is listed as a 3 disc Sp Ed in the UK. Maybe a small chance this could be a different (anamorphic) transfer?
 

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Warner embargoes reviews until 2 weeks prior to street (June 10), but I'll post a link to it then.
Matt, please do not post early screener reviews
to this forum -- especially if the product is
intended for your site.

Thank You
 

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I wish I could ask you about this transfer, Mark, but I can't - none of us can! :D

We'll all just have to wait until at least the 26th. I have no problem with that.

Gimme! Gimme! :D


Gordy
 

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The fact that after all this time Giant is being released in non-anamorphic fashion is a bit of a shock to me. Given Warner's role in promoting the DVD format and the stature of this title this move seems a bit short-sighted, especially with the steep curve of more widescreen sets being sold. I'm a bit baffled by their behavior :confused:. Perhaps they are setting this up as a rerelease down the line.

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No, they just think that people won't want to see it overmatted (which we don't), and that doing it in anamorphic with side-bars is a waste of resolution (which it isn't for 16x9 TV owners, but is for 4x3 TV owners)...

I own a 4x3 set, so 1.66:1 non-anamorphic doesn't bother me. And as long as 4x3 TV sets exist in the homes of DVD owners, this is probably the way it's gonna stay at WB...
 

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I won't buy it then. Warner Brothers can stick their non-anamorphic widescreen DVDs up their...

On widescreen TV's these 1.66:1 non-anamorphic discs get the royal screw over.

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I think I'll be cancelling my pre-order on this as well due to the non-anamorphic transfer. I really hate non-anamorphic 1.66:1 transfers on my 16x9 TV. My Panasonic RP-91 can handle 1.85:1 and greater non-anamorphic transfers very well with its built-in scaler, but it crops the image on 1.66:1 discs (the scaling is not adjustable).
 

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I wonder if there is still some uncertainty on this issue:

DVDFile announced:
June 10th street date for the James Dean classic Giant , which will be released as a double-disc special edition with plenty of extras. The film is presented in 1:66:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround audio
I don't know why this fact would have been misreported or Warner would have changed their mind. I still reserve judgement until there is 'clear' confirmation from a couple of sources...

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I wonder if there is still some uncertainty on this issue:

DVDFile announced:
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June 10th street date for the James Dean classic Giant , which will be released as a double-disc special edition with plenty of extras. The film is presented in 1:66:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround audio
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I don't know why this fact would have been misreported or Warner would have changed their mind. I still reserve judgement until there is 'clear' confirmation from a couple of sources...

No, there's no uncertainty - the DVD's non-anamorphic. Just checked it myself!
 

Matt Brighton

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Thank you Colin! Jeez, I had no idea what I was starting here!

Ok, just so there's no confusion: Giant is 1.66:1 and non-anamorphic! Warner told me it would be anamorphic as well (it was originally reported as full-frame, hence my question to them). It even says on the back of the box "This film is presented in a matted widescreen..." and it doesn't say "enhanced for widescreen televisions" at the end of it. I'll bring my copy when I go home for lunch and scan it if you all want to see it.

But, the picture is very good, despite being non-anamorphic it's a major improvement over that Canadian disc! That's all I know...

matt
 

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