R2 16:9 releases

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  1. john_hood

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    The whole 16:9 issue is a curious one! From what I've gleamed Fox US issued a statement suggesting that it was never the creator's intention to screen Buffy in widescreen (from S4 onwards). However, the DP (Director of Photography) is clearly considering a 16:9 composition (with a caveat that most of the action takes place in a 4:3 safe zone).

    On later seasons, of both Buffy and Angel, directors fully utilised the 16:9 frame, which played havoc with 4:3 formatting (pan and scanned).

    Widescreen adoption has been faster in Europe due to a lack of confusing standards.
     
  2. Christian Preischl

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    Where'd you get that info? It's true for Angel, but not for Buffy. That's why they're releasing Angel in WS in the US as well.

    If you have season 7 of Buffy on DVD, check out "Showtime" on disc 3, go about 12 minutes into the episode and keep a close eye on Anya (particularly her lips) the whole time. It's awful.

    Chris
     
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    Chris,

    Thanks for the reply. I agree with what you're saying in terms of JW's vision and, yes, at times there are issues whereby an actor (who would be off screen in 4:3) is walking with their mouth closed, but their dialogue can be clearly heard! Not unique to Buffy.

    I should have clarified that the framing looks good (most of the time) in 16:9, but that (as you intimated) a creative decision was made that is biased towards a 4:3 presentation. Perhaps 14:9 would have been a 'better' halfway house? [​IMG]

    John
     

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