Just saw uncropped Tootsie on HBO HD - WTF???

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  1. Paul W

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    Did I miss the second coming or something. HBO HD showed Tootsie in it's original 2.35:1 ratio without pan&scan.
    Whoa!
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    Oh my goodness...
    How was the picture quality?
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    The picture quality was very nice.
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    HBO has shown many widescreen movies in the correct 2.4/1 aspect ratio. Some recent examples are:
    IQ
    Star Trek Generations
    Without Limits
    Beverly Hills Cop II
    Drop Zone
    Ghostbusters
    'Tootsie' is one of the best looking HDTV movies HBO has ever done. When they pan and scan them, the image quality isn't as good.
    Unfortunately they screw most widescreen movies up via pan and scan. [​IMG]
     
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    I was also extremely pleasantly surprised to see Tootsie in 2.35:1 approx. this evening. I haven't been watching closely but this was the first time I saw them do that. I have seen HBO airing the Die Hard trilogy in a cropped 1.85:1 that has been less than satisfying to me.
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    HBO also showed HE SAID SHE SAID in 2.4:1 last week. Not a great movie, but the HD picture in CinemaScope knocks your socks off. HDTV can make crap look like, well, gorgeous crap. And, yes, TOOTSIE never looked so good.
    I think the folks at HBO should be encouraged to do more of this and get kudos for it. How could this be done?
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    Wow, it's on now and so good that I might actually miss the first half hour of the Oscars just to see it all the way through. What an addiction HDTV is...
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    I thought that any transfers made before HBO instantiated their pan-and-scan policy were left in their original, uncropped presentation.
     

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