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Paramount DVD Titles - 1.33:1 Ratio?

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  1. ClassicTVMan1981X

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    I have a question: Do any Paramount theatrical releases on DVD exist with the TV aspect ratio of 4:3 (1.33:1)?

    Stuff like...
    Urban Cowboy (1980)
    Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
    D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
    Top Gun (1986)
    Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
    The Untouchables (film) (1987)
    48 Hours (1988)
    The Hunt for Red October (1990)
    Days of Thunder (1990)
    Stephen King's Graveyard Shift (1990)
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

    I also am asking this because of the end logo, which is just a shortened version of the opening logo (but a little longer than the TV version). One example:

    (as taken from Funny About Love)

    Thank you!

    ~Ben
     
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    I recall having both 1:33 and Wide-screen DVD versions of TOP GUN (1986), having first accidentally purchased the former, which I eventually ditched.

    CHEERS! :)
     
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    Is it possible, today, to still buy any of the titles I listed above with the 1.33:1 ratio?

    ~Ben
     
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    I could be wrong but I believe that if Paramount did pan and scan DVDs, they would have only been for new releases. As far as I know, catalog titles like you're inquiring about were only released in their correct aspect ratio.
     
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    Which of Paramount's 1966 to 1994 films on DVD do have an "open matte" option available, besides Charlotte's Web (1973)?

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    None that I'm aware of.
     
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    Curious as to why you are asking?
     
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    I would think, then, that open matte died with the demise of VHS...

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    That doesn’t answer my question.
     
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    Well, it was about if any of the above titles I listed were available in standard-definition (4:3) for old TV?


    (this comes from a later print of the 1977 TV movie special Red Alert)... looking at that, I know that is an open matte version of their theatrical logo.

    I was trying to find one of these for making recreations of certain old credit sequences, but I know that cropping a 16:9 logo to 4:3 would not make it look right with the rest of the 4:3 credits.

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    Why anyone would want to watch pan and scan films in this day and age regardless of display type is beyond me and goes against what this forum is all about. :huh:
     
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    There are probably a few made for TV productions on DVD that have that logo. (I believe the poster was asking this question because they wanted the 4x3 open-matte closing logo, the 75th Anniversary version.)

    The first DVD of Top Gun had both 16x9 and 4x3 versions on the same disc, but the 16x9 version was still the wrong ratio. (I don't have that disc myself so can't check it.)
     
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    Among them available on DVD that you mention in the first paragraph, the Nero Wolfe TV movie (available on the 1981 complete series DVD from VEI) has that (the 1990 version).


    Taxi (1978-83) also used the same '90 version of the logo, but with the 1978-79 logo theme (or, for international reruns, the 1979-80 theme on the season 2, 4 and 5 episodes):


    But, here's an old A&E airing of the TV movie special Assault on the Wayne (1971) that has the 1987 movie logo at both the beginning and end:

    (the original 1969 opening and closing logo themes were intact, too)

    And this late season 1 episode of Friday the 13th: The Series also has the same logo but with the 1979 "Blue Mountain" jingle:


    Both of these last two would be the "open matte" version that I described on Red Alert earlier.

    ~Ben
     

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