Jesus of Montreal aspect ratio

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  1. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Anyone know the aspect ratio of the 1989 film Jesus of Montreal? (IMDB doesn't give one.)

    I just watched the horrible PAL R0 disc from Arrowfilms so now I'm interested in the upcoming 11/9 R1 release from Koch Lober. However, Amazon and DVDPlanet list it as fullscreen. This could be the AR as this makes three fullscreen DVD releases, but I can't be sure.

    Anyone?


    Edit: could a mod move this to Movies or Software. Yes I'm stupid. :b
     
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    According to the official Koch Lorber site, it is 16x9....
     
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    Yeah, I checked out their site and sent them an email enquiry. I would imagine the film is 1.85:1 or somewhere thereabouts, but it'd be nice to know for sure.
     
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    I posted about this last week -- all the DVD sites I looked at have 4:3 fullscreen listed for the DVD. Has there been any new information posted?
     
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    I really can't see Koch Lorber releasing this in P&S... I bought their release of "The Decline of the American Empire", and it had an excellent anamorphic transfer. I would imagine they'd do the same for this film too. Let us know when you get a response from them! They're usually good with email responses.
     
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    Just received a reply from Koch and their Jesus of Montreal DVD will be widescreen (1.85:1). On the downside it won't be anamorphic.
     
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    Their site lists it as 16x9, I wonder what they have to say about that [​IMG]

    At least its in widescreen this time though...
     
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    Someone on the DVDTALK forum says that they had a preview copy of the disc and its a fullscreen 4x3 release (and a poor quality picture)
    If anyone gets this disc please post the result here. I've been after a widescreen copy of this flick for ages and all this conflicting info is maddening!
     
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    Since a Koch representative has already stated that it's widescreen, I'm going on that and pre-ordering a copy...
     
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    Koch lorber has now changed the description on their site from 16x9 to 1.85:1....
     
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    Why does it seem like these DVDs keep getting messed up on Canadian films?
     
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    ...and I just received a follow-up email from Koch saying that this will be a fullscreen release after all.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks Steve. Was looking forward to finally seeing this film, but guess I'll pass.

    - Walter.
     
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    Koch Lorber is still listing it as 1:85 -- but non-anamorphic means a rental rather than a sale. And if it's 4:3 -- not even a rental. [​IMG]
     
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    Damn it!!!

    Koch Lorber is now officially every bit as bad as the Fox-Lorber of old. Jesus of Montreal is a great film that has been relegated to Pan & Scan (no doubt because K-L is using the P&S PAL transfer from R2 UK...)

    Sad, very sad... Where is Criterion when we need them.

    This has gone from the top of my "must buy" list to a distant hope that someone, somewhere will release an OAR DVD...

    Ted
     
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    That's just terrible, looks like I'll be taking this off my upcoming Amazon order! [​IMG]

    As for the transfer, my guess is that it comes from the Canadian dvd from Max Films (which didn't have any subtitles). The reason why I think this, I have their "Decline of the American Empire" dvd, and the transfer is fine, but it has a Seville logo on the package. That means they likely used the same transfer. I was afraid after seeing that, cuz the Canadian release of "Jesus of Montreal" is fullscreen. I dunno why they couldn't do their own release. After all the effort they put into "La Dolce Vita", I think it's a travesty they aren't willing to go any further. Especially since their transfer for "Decline' looked really good, I dunno why this film couldn't have got the same respect.
     
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    I think i'm going to email Koch Lorber and tell them to throw that garbage away, cuz nobody is gonna buy it. [​IMG]
     
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    I dont want to sound like a technical snob or anything, but isn't this a open matte presentation, not a pan and scan, as I assume it was phootgraphed that way?
     
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    The R2 dvd sure looked P/S to me. The framing didn't look right fro open matte. What a travesty. After a promising start these guys are looking more like Cock Lorber.
     

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