OAR of The Sorrow and the Pity?

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  1. Rain

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    I recently watched this magnificent documentary on the Image DVD.

    It struck me as odd that the DVD presents the film in what appears to be a matted transfer. It looks to be opened up to expose slightly more than what a 1.66:1 matted film would look like.

    However, given that this is a documentary, and one that utilizes tons of stock footage (which presumably would have been 1.37:1 or so), I'm surprised this film isn't presented in a 1.37:1 AR. In fact, some of the stock footage is cropped pretty tightly on the top of the frame.

    I know that this film was made around 1969-1970 and was originally intended for French television.

    Anyone have any idea if the matting is correct for this film? On the one hand, like I said, it seems like it should be 1.37:1. On the other hand, why would Image present it matted if it shouldn't be?

    (IMDB lists no OAR for this film)
     
  2. Mark Zimmer

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    I can't say that I know for certain, but my understanding is Woody Allen (one of the biggest supporters of this picture) was involved in this getting onto DVD in the first place, and I can't imagine he'd let it get on disc in the wrong aspect ratio. Perhaps it's windowboxed?
     
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    If it were windowboxed, I wouldn't have started this thread. [​IMG]
     
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    The reason I ask is my television has a lot of overscan on the sides, and sometimes windowboxed movies look like they're the just standard black bars (but very thin). But if you've got minimal overscan, that's not it.
     
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    Ah, I see what you mean, Mark. But, no, that's definitely not it.

    We're talking about virtually 1.66:1 letterboxing here...just open a smidgen more.
     

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