Peter Sellers' "The Blockhouse" -- is it 2.35 or 1.66 on DVD?

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  1. Dan McW

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    A friend of mine who saw this in a theatre back in the '70s, and IMDb seems to back him up, swears this was shot in Panavision and should be 2.35:1 on DVD. However, the back of MGM's DVD says "1.66 DVD screen format." All Internet references list 1.66, and I can't seem to find a review of the DVD presentation anywhere.

    If someone has the DVD, please tell me what the aspect ratio really is, as I'm considering buying it. I know MGM has had some courtroom issues involving aspect ratios, and this "screen format" listing that appears on so many releases may be connected with that.

    I also know that many '70s films were 1.85:1 but bore a "Panavision" credit that on future films was amended to something like "photographed with Panaflex cameras by Panavision." IMDb often lists these films in error as being 2.35:1, but I don't know if "The Blockhouse" falls into this category.
     
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    I have the DVD, still unopened, I will check it later tonight.
     
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    It's definitely not 2.35. I watched it a month or so ago and I believe it was 1.85 or possibly 1.66.
     
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    Thanks, guys. I've checked with my friend again, and he maintains it was presented in 2.35:1 Panavision when he saw it originally.
     
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    I checked and it is NOT 2:35.
     

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