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Music Box: Confusion about the OAR, please help (1 Viewer)

Mark Silver

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I went to buy this yesterday, but when I looked a the package the back label said, "Presented in 1:33 Fullscreen, the way it was orignally intended to be show". Then is shows next to it a 16x0 graphic. IMDB shows that this movie was filmed 2:35:1.

Can someone tell me, 1) Is the DVD widescreen or fullscreen ?
2) Is it anamorphic ?

Thanks,

Mark
 

PatrickL

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I asked about this a few weeks ago, hoping in vain that this would be OAR. Sorry to tell you, it's apparently cropped down to "fullscreen" according to this review:

Gamenikki review of Music Box

I remember the movie as quite a bit better than the review would have it believed, but no matter. I *won't* be buying this now.

Thanks for nothing, Artisan...yet again.
 

Mark Silver

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It's bad enough that it is full screen only, but to state that it is "presented as intended" bothers me even more.
 

Randy A Salas

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Artisan has been doing this double-speak on its packaging for about a year now--saying a film is being presented in the full-screen format in which it was shot but also that it has been formatted to fit a regular TV screen.

When I've criticized the studio for this, others in this forum have insisted that this language is used by Artisan when the DVD contains an open-matte presentation. That is absolutely untrue, as demonstrated by its use on this 2.35:1 title, which is presented in pan and scan on the new DVD.

Artisan wants to have it both ways--even when the presentations are clearly not open matte--and is just trying to confuse uneducated consumers into thinking that this is how films should be presented on DVD.
 

PatrickL

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I don't know how they can make a claim like that.

I haven't seen this particular box, but in the past I've noticed that their spec graphics and the accompanying text can be confusing at a glance. Once I saw "16x9 widescreen" and "original version" on one of their back covers, but on closer inspection they were indicating that you'd get a 1.33:1 shape on a 16x9 screen, and that the film was formatted *from* its original version.

How did they wind up with this title anyhow, and what others are they going to MAR and foist on bargain bins?
 

David Coleman

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Wow... after reading the reviews i'm truly disappointed!! Not so much that it's bare bones, but the fact that it isn't OAR and it states that the presentation is poor! I love this very underrated film and looked forward to it coming to disc!!

Now I'll have to set it aside like another film I love (Mr Holland's Opus)due to transfer problems. Unfortunately I don't know that we'll ever see them redone properly?

Well, hey!! Anchor Bay re-did BAD BOYS (Sean Penn) and though I haven't seen it, it's gotta be better than Artisan's release??

David
 

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