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Dave Scarpa

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Well on the heels of my revelation that I was going to try to find a VHS Widescreen Copy of The Star Wars Trilogy, comes yet another Shameful Admission. I Allowed MAR.

That right MAR to be on my Freshly Calibrated Mits 65807.

There I am Deeply engrossed in the stunning transfer MGM did for the Vikings when My wife received a call from friends of ours. Now we don't have kids but they do so it's usually family film time, but since I'm a big kid at heart I never mind, but tonight they had a brand new disk they wanted to see and I wanted to show off what a great job Gregg Loewen did on my set so I said come on over.

They arrived just in time to catch the end of The Vikings.

My buddy said he could'nt believe how crystal clear the picture was, especially for a film this old. We enjoyed watching Kirk Douglas buy it on the end of Tony Curtis's Sword, and then it was time for the main Feature...

You Guessed it.

SNOW DOGS.

Oh boy....

Well after several ranting minutes how they were the "Pawns of the Man" for buying a movie they'd just had to buy again in a few years we started the movie. I had to use my expand mode so the Cuba Gooding's body was'nt like a bloated cow, and they were amazed at the image, but I just kept thinking how good it could of looked with an Anamorphically enhanced OAR presentation. I Had to suffer thru the composition of the shots that cut off actors heads so that they could appear a normal Width. And I was Pissed. Especially after Disney Kicked me in the head and taunted me with Previews of films in Widescreen Ratio.

Films Like "The Rookie",Max Keable" and more that don't stand a Snow Dog's shot in Hell to be released in their Proper Ratio.

But the friends and family were pleased. They did'nt notice the abomination, or just did'nt care, Just as most won't care when they eventually meet the future and get a Widescreen set, and Must distort, these already distorted images, to get what they consider a decent image.

I kept on thinking back to Kirk Douglas, dieing on the end of Tony Curtis's sword, but at least he had the vindication that his killer was still in Frame.
 

Bruce Hedtke

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Dave,

You do realize that with a Mitsubishi, you can change the aspect ratio from Standard to Narrow and that will correctly display a Full Frame movie, right? Why zoom rather than add the side bars and not cut off the actors heads?

Bruce
 

Edwin-S

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Damn.....I just picked up "The Vikings" today. I don't remember ever seeing it and I didn't stop reading fast enough to avoid the spoiler in your post.....not that it would have been a big surprise.
 

Dave Scarpa

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A good question Bruce I Guess I hate the Grey Sidebars. I say ducking for cover.

If they were Black I would've.

That would have served them right.
 

Edwin-S

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You would have to edit in a spoiler bar in the line just above the NOW DOG title to complete the cover up. :)
I have to agree about grey vertical bars. I know they are supposed to prevent CRT burn in but they actually are distracting. Black bars just do not seem to draw the eye the way grey does.
 

Eric T

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Yeah, why is it that with the Mits you get gray bars on the side, but if you watch a 2.35:1 anamorphic you get black bars on the top and bottom? Doesn't make sense.

Edit: it's the DVD player that puts the black bars top and bottom for 2.35:1, isn't it? That would explain the difference.
 

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