Gung Ho... Another DVD with the wrong Aspect Ratio

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  1. John Stockton

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    I finally got a chance to view a copy of this film and was furious to find that Paramount has transferred the film in the wrong aspect ratio. Gung Ho was filmed in Panavision(Anamorphic) with the aspect ratio of 2.39:1 but the DVD has been cropped on the sides to bring the film to a ratio close to 2:1 . A lot of information is missing on the sides as is evident in many scenes where the actors are half way cut off.
    I love this film and was looking forward to finally owning it in OAR, but looks like Paramount, while trying to put out a whole bunch of their catalog titles, hastily ruined the transfer of this film. [​IMG]
     
  2. John Stockton

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    Wow, Does no one have any comments?? I thought this was a pro OAR forum.
     
  3. Dan Hitchman

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    Tell them this on the studio feedback section. That way Martin Blythe will catch it.

    It should be in its proper aspect ratio. Even if a movie's presented in widescreen it should still be OAR.

    Dan
     
  4. John Stockton

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    Dan

    I have already done so. I posted here as well since not many members visit the studio feedback forum, and thought many would be as appalled as I was to find out about this.
     
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    Glad I didnt buy it. Almost did, but I'm broke as it is. If, for some strange reason, this is the way Opie wanted it, fine, but I wish they would say so.
     
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    Was Gung Ho filmed in panavision or super35?
     
  9. John Stockton

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    Gung Ho was filmed in Panavision with anamorphic lenses.
     
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    Dammit!! They had to do this to one of my favourite '80s films. Guess I'll have to keep waiting until they get it done right....that could be a very long time coming.[​IMG]
     
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    So much for American crafstmanship! [​IMG]
     
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    John Stockton,

    "A lot of information is missing on the sides as is evident in many scenes where the actors are half way cut off."

    I just got finished watching this flick a few minutes ago and also noticed this. Of course, I can't remember which one exactly, but there was a certain scene where there was an actor at the far left and right of the screen and both of their heads got chopped off. Buncha crap...
     
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    It also looked like the telecine was covered with vaseline. I don't recall exactly how this looked in theaters but the DVD has a very soft, zoomed in look. It's also a bit faded. I can't imagine a VHS version looking much worse. I wish I read this thread before wasting my money on this. Too bad, because it's a good little movie.
     
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    Gung Ho is presented at 2:1 per request of the cinematographer.

    Let the flaming begin.
     
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    Martin Blythe confirmed it in Studio Feedback.
     

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