Korean Saving Private Ryan LE and widescreen ratio

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  1. Aaron Schmitt

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    I was wondering if anyone had more information about the SPR LE disk that is available in Korea? At Koreandvds.com http://www.koreandvds.com/dvddetail.html?id=11359 they list it as a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, while the film has a 1.85:1 ratio. Did they change the AR for this release, or do they have the wrong ratio listed?

    Thanks for any help,
    Aaron
     
  2. Julian Lalor

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    You'll find most 1.85:1 films are transferred at 1.78:1 in most regions (including R1) to fit the dimensions of a WS TV. There is nothing unsual in the SPR transfer in this regard.
     
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    Julian: maybe you should check your widescreen tv for overscan with Avia or Video Essentials. A 1.85:1 aspect ratio might look like 1.78:1 depending on a tv's overscan. I have yet to see any region 1 1.85:1 dvd's transferred at anything other than that ratio either.

    To get back on topic, hopefully someone who has the disk, or has seen it, can comment on the ratio. If it is 1.78:1, that's a shame and I'll just keep my region 1.
     
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    Look at R1 Empire of the Sun, that disc is definitely matted only to 1.78:1. There is no cropping involved and the difference is minimal.
     
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    Julian...

    Again...completely disagree. I have The Godfather Trilogy and THAT is 1.78...not 1.85. I think you've gotten things mixed up.
     
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    I have the Korean SE of " Saving Private Ryan" . The package is indeed marked 1.78. The DVD is excellent but I don't bother to check anymore whether the actual picture is 1.78 vs. 1.85. To me it does not make any difference but it seems that most 1.85 DVDs (including Region 1) are likely 1.78. I use a projection system with Marantz S2 on 7 ft screen. By the way, the Korean SPR is coded Region 3. I do, however, object to 2.35 aspect ratio films presented at 1.78. There are a few of those out there.
     
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    But none of this proves that 1.85:1 doesn't exist. Isn't that your point? You said...

     
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    Whatever.

    NONE of this makes a majority. So you're saying that 1.85:1 has ALWAYS been wrong? On laserdisc? On VHS? They're always transferred incorrectly? That's absurd.
     
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    @ Craig:
    Julian is correct. Laserdiscs were true 1.85:1, but almost all 1.85:1 films on dvd are 1.78:1. If you are using a 4:3 tv this is easily tested by switching the player into 16:9 mode, and if the transfer fills the screen vertically then you have a 1.78:1 transfer.
     
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