Playing by Heart - Aspect Ratio Question

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  1. Tom-G

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    I just finished watching the Playing by Heart DVD and noticed something strange in regards to the aspect ratio. The DVD is letterboxed at what appears to be a 1.85:1 ratio, but while watching it, I could tell that it was filmed in Panavision.
    Was this DVD incorrectly framed?
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    Yes, it is mis-framed. As far as I know, it's never been corrected.
     
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    Misframed and mislabeled (the back of the box says "2.20:1").
    Only the end credits are correctly framed. It's been suggested that the reframing was intended and planned for (as with Apocalypse Now), but I saw this in the theater and the framing on the DVD is uncomfortably tight.
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    In theaters this movie was presented in 2.35:1 aspect ratio,the DVD seemes to have an AR close to 1.85:1 .
    If you'll look at the small print on the back of the DVD package it says:"Presented in the director's chosen aspect ratio apprx. 2.20:1"
    Now the AR on the package is surely a mistake but i would assume that what you get on the DVD itself,is the director's desired ratio.
     
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    I really hope that they will rerelease this movie in its coorect AR in anamorphic widescreen. But I won't hold my breath since this movie was not exactly a smash hit.
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    I would bet any $$ that this will never be corrected. I was doing some work at BV at the time this DVD was released & I let them know their mistake (as did many others, trust me). If it hasn't been fixed by now, it probably ain't gonna happen...
     
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    The aspect ratio on the DVD is 1.934:1 (I took a screen capture from WinDVD and measured it down to the pixel.)
    I've heard the film was Super 35 (that's what the guy at Panavision said, IMDB notwithstanding), and the framing looks fine to me. I never saw it in the theater, so I don't have that as a reference. What shots look cropped?
    Oh, and the current disc is "anamorphic widescreen".
    [Edited last by Marty Christion on November 13, 2001 at 01:34 PM]
     
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