laser disc version of Mad World on TCM

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  1. george kaplan

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    If you've heard the debate between the versions of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (the dvd version 2 hours 41 minutes) vs. the laser disc (3 hours 8 minutes), I think you have a chance to decide for yourself.

    Turner Classic Movies has It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World showing on Monday at 7:00 PM. It's listed as 182 minutes, which is 3 hours 2 minutes. I'm guessing this is the ld version, and wanted to give anyone with an interest, who doesn't own the ld, a heads up.
     
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    I believe this has been shown before. I remember how awful it is because it is cropped as a 1.85:1 OAR. It is not the complete 2.20:1 format. It did contain some rectifed "Cinerama" scene extensions as was on the Laserdisc. They're noticeable by the distortion and color shift.
     
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    I don't know which might be the long one, but I know that TCM has shown both ~2.35:1 and ~1.85:1 versions in the past.
     
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    Actually, It's A Mad Mad Mad World is 2.55:1 on the "reconstructed" VHS and TCM. TCM usually tries to show the most complete version of a film.

    The DVD is the same in terms of aspect ratio.

    As Robert Harris mentioned in the excellent article by Ron Epstein, the film should be seen in either 2.55:1 "flat" or 2.76:1 smile-boxed (electronically curved to simulate a Cinerama screen).
     
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    The last time It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was shown on TCM, it was shown in it's original OAR (I don't know which version it was). Other times before that, it was cropped to 1.85:1.
    I'm sure the version shown on Monday will be in it's original OAR of 2.55:1.
     
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    The movie will be shown at 8:00 p.m. ET!

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    This is getting to be a mad, mad, mad, mad thread![​IMG]
     

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