Not that I'm complaining but why is Fast & Furious WS only?

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  1. Jeff

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    I haven't seen any discussions on this and I'm very surprised. (Watch, the first reply will be a link to one). After all, this is a Universal release.

    So why did they decide not to release a seperate P&S version? And why can't they always do this?

    Jeff
     
  2. Mitty

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    Dunno.
    I think for the most part, the mitigating factors are:
    1) Is it a family movie? If so, it's almost a guaranteed dual format release, since some studios labour under the assumption that kids prefer their TV set to be filled.
    2) If not, was it a big enough hit to justify dual releases? There haven't been a lot of non-family movies to get this treatment, unless the movie was a huge blockbuster (The Mummy Returns, The Jurassic Park movies, etc).
    3) Do the creative personnel behind the film have an objection to having it released in a non-OAR format? Do these people have enough sway (read: power) to actually have a say in such a matter?
    The Fast & the Furious was certainly not a family movie, it was a hit, but I'm not sure if Universal considered it a hit on the scale of The Mummy Returns or JP3. I can't help but ask: if they thought it was going to be such a smash for them on video, wouldn't they have released it before Christmas? Rob Cohen also might have strenuously said he didn't want a FF/P&S version released on DVD, and Universal (wanting to potentially work with him again) said OK.
    In other words, who the hell knows? [​IMG]
     
  3. bill lopez

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    I went to Hollywood Video to rent it for that reason instead of BlockBuster. So far this is dvd of 2002!
    I hope if we get to vote for DVD OF THE YEAR in 2002 the members remember this dvd in Dec. [​IMG]
     
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    Back to my point that kids movies get the P&S treatment...its not an insideous plot
     
  5. George Martin

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    I dont know if you noticed this but in the movie they are watching a movie on about a 20" tv and its in widescreen with the glorious "black bars". Is the director trying to make a statmennt?
     
  6. Jerry Gracia

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    At this point I am suprised that THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS is available in its proper aspct ratio only.
    I think Mitty summed it up best.
     
  7. Jerry Gracia

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    George Martin,

    I noticed that, too.

    I hope so.
     
  8. DanR

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    Well, clearly, with a sequel in rapid development, Universal will probably release an Ultimate Edition and have a P&S version on that. That's just my wildest guess, but Universal is definitely into milking profitable movies for every penny. Can't say I blame them.

    Regards,

    Dan
     
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    This movie would especially highlight the travesty that is P&S. There are so many beautifully framed scenes in this movie. The widescreen ratio is taken to it's fullest here.
     
  11. Drew Mertz

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    George wrote:

    I dont know if you noticed this but in the movie they are watching a movie on about a 20" tv and its in widescreen with the glorious "black bars". Is the director trying to make a statmennt?

    Yep, that was an earlier film of the director. Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story.
     
  12. Jerry Gracia

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    THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS wouldn't suffer much in regard to PANNING AND SCANNING (except in the shots where visual effects were used, and there are plenty of those!)...but it would suffer greatly in the loss of the 'scope' composition since the movie was shot in super 35.
    Click the link below for some excellent comparisons including:
    ANAMORPHIC FORMAT (2.35:1)
    7 YEARS IN TIBET
    THE MUMMY
    STARMAN
    SUPER 35 FORMAT (2.35:1)
    THE FIFTH ELEMENT
    BLAST FROM THE PAST
    SPHERICAL "FLAT" SOFT-MATTE (1.85:1)
    THE BIG LABOWSKI
    A FISH CALLED WANDA
    Real good stuff!
    Here's the url:
    http://darkness.twowiresthin.com:8080/aspect/
     
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  15. Jerry Gracia

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    John St
    Great job! [​IMG]
    I hope you don't mind my using your link for reference.
     
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    Jerry,

    Thanks, and I don't mind at all!
     

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