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Saturday's Facebook Announcement:

Coming in 2023 on Blu-ray!

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Brain Donors (1992)
Starring John Turturro, Mel Smith, Bob Nelson & Nancy Marchand – Shot by David M. Walsh (Sleeper) – Music by Ira Newborn (The Naked Gun) – Produced by David & Jerry Zucker (Airplane!) – Screenplay by Pat Proft (Hot Shots!) – Directed by Dennis Dugan (Happy Gilmore).

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I was responding to:

I'd suggest a 1:66 (what it was composed for in '54) and 1.85 (apparently what it was ultimately released in, following Paramont's introduction of VistaVision).
I was responding to your three ratios for VistaVision quote. If you didn’t have that one sentence, I wouldn’t have responded to your post.
 

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Personally, I favour 1.85 (never been a fan of 1.66) and 1.37
I would agree except if the original theatrical presentation was intended for 1.66:1. The other recent example of this question of course was the Criterion release of Summertime, which appeared to work best in 1.66 since main titles were too closely framed or even cropped at 1.85, and in 1955 the general consensus was it wouldn’t have been shown at 1.37. With The Bridges at Tokyo-Ri, the presentation standards were still possibly in a state of flux in 1954, and however the picture information frames best ideally would be used. If Kino releases it in dual ratios, though, I would bet it’s 1.37 and 1.85. We shall see. I’m just glad this is being upgraded.
 

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If the film was composed for 1.66 (Paramount's designated 1954 ws aspect ratio pre-VistaVision), but was held back for release until 1955, when a somewhat more severe 1.85 cropping was used, then 1:66 is indeed what the filmmakers wanted us to see. That should have the highest priority, imo. To have two aspect ratios on this release WITHOUT 1.66 strikes me as going out of one's way to avoid the proper, primary visual presentation.
 

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If the film was composed for 1.66 (Paramount's designated 1954 ws aspect ratio pre-VistaVision), but was held back for release until 1955, when a somewhat more severe 1.85 cropping was used, then 1:66 is indeed what the filmmakers wanted us to see. That should have the highest priority, imo. To have two aspect ratios on this release WITHOUT 1.66 strikes me as going out of one's way to avoid the proper, primary visual presentation.
Yup, I agree as 1.37 ratio should be dropped. If you're going to offer two different ratios then offer 1.66 and 1.85.
 

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Yup, I agree as 1.37 ratio should be dropped. If you're going to offer two different ratios then offer 1.66 and 1.85.
This film was protected for 1.37, but looks totally wrong at that ratio. My feeling is 1.66, cropping top, but then titles will be off balance.

If Kino is willing to go dual ratio,1.37 and 1.66.
 

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Saturday's Facebook Announcement:

Coming in 2023 on Blu-ray!

Brand NEW 2023 HD Master – From a NEW 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative

Brain Donors (1992)
Starring John Turturro, Mel Smith, Bob Nelson & Nancy Marchand – Shot by David M. Walsh (Sleeper) – Music by Ira Newborn (The Naked Gun) – Produced by David & Jerry Zucker (Airplane!) – Screenplay by Pat Proft (Hot Shots!) – Directed by Dennis Dugan (Happy Gilmore).

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So glad to see A NIGHT AT THE OPERA 2 coming to Blu-ray! Thank you, Kino !!!
 

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This film was protected for 1.37, but looks totally wrong at that ratio. My feeling is 1.66, cropping top, but then titles will be off balance.

If Kino is willing to go dual ratio,1.37 and 1.66.

As I posted previously, the framing marks in the upper right corner for the projectionist, are for 1.66 and 1.85 cropping.

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Sunday's Facebook Announcement:

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Staying Alive (1983)
40th Anniversary Special Edition
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