Out of Africa-DVD AR

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  1. ScottR

    ScottR Cinematographer

    Apr 1, 2000
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    Does anyone know what the OAR was of Out of Africa? The IMDB says 1.85:1 but that there was a 70mm blow up. The end credits says "Filmed in Technovision." The dvd looks weird. The image looks "large" with faces slightly big and wide. The end credits even have a larger than normal font. Is it possible that this print was accidentally taken from the 70mm version?
  2. Erik_H

    Erik_H Stunt Coordinator

    Apr 11, 2004
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    Not sure as to the exact ratio for "Out of Africa," but you might want to check out the Sydney Pollack interview on letterbox vs. pan/scan on the DVD of "The Interpreter". Pollack remarked that "Out of Africa" was the first film that he filmed in a less wide aspect ratio (presumably 1.85:1) and that the reason he did so was to minimize the loss of visual information due to pan/scan---he also acknowledged that "Out of Africa" was a film that would have benefitted from 2.35.1.
  3. Chad R

    Chad R Cinematographer

    Jul 14, 1999
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    Chad Rouch
    1.85:1 can blow up to 70mm without changing the aspect ratio. The benefit would be the 6 track magnetic soundtrack (I'm talking about 1985 here).

    Also, it's more expensive to transfer from 70mm, so I doubt it was done on mistake. The mid eighties did use big blocky titles so that doesn't surprise me at all.

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