Godfather2 open-matte on TNN last night

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  1. Timon Russo

    Timon Russo Stunt Coordinator

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    This is just an observation, but I did a comparison between this and the DVD, scene for scene, and it most certainly appeared to be open-matte. I was under the impression most movies were shown P+S, if not OAR, on TV. Anyway, just sharing.
     
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    They'll open-matte it where they can. They're not doing it solely to piss people off and make things look bad, despite how it may seem. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm pretty sure all the videos prior to the 1997 re-release were in open matte as well. For a long time, Coppola dismissed requests for widescreen (cropped) versions, saying essentially, "You're not missing anything." I guess market pressure finally got to him.
    The 1.85:1 versions sometimes look more "cinematic" compared to the open-mattes, but sometimes they look more cramped/pinched. I don't have a strong preference either way, unless I'm watching the DVDs on 16x9-capable set. [​IMG]
    Ryan
     
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    What is open-matte? I have heard this before but I don't know what it is.
     
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    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    Thanks Michael.
     
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    This practice is why you will sometimes see mike booms on TV broadcasts of movies when they were not there in the theater presentation and some actresses have had a little more of themselves revealed on VHS than they originally signed on for.

    Also, the open matte version of A Fish Called Wanda shows John Clese standing in his boxers when the movie makes him appear naked in front of a family with kids.
     
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    My understanding was that the first two Godfather films were hard matted at a nominal 1.66:1 (probably slightly less than that in reality). For 1.33:1 home video, you get some additional height and a slight horizontal crop to fill the frame.

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