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- Oct 26, 2011
- Los Angeles
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I'm always happy. But I didn't reference the imdb or other sites - my knowledge doesn't come from the imdb. Read Randy's posts. He understands this. The original theatrical aspect ratio in which The Daydreamer was shown was 1.85. As most 1.85 productions go, the 1.85 frame lines are in the camera viewfinder and that is how the film is composed because that is how the film will be shown in theaters. Yes, they shot if full aperture and for TV showings back then that's what they used but it was NEVER EVER projected that way. That is my one and only point and it is not arguable.Various review sites have stated that the original aspect ratio was 1.85.1 which they credited IMDB as their source of the information, they then went back and corrected it to 1.33.1/1.37.1.
Before the advent of widescreen TVs, Mr. Stanley Kubrick, who I'm sure you've heard of, preferred his widescreen (non-scope) films to be shown open matte for 4x3 televisions. He didn't live to the widescreen TV era, but for all years of home video beyond his death, people would argue and argue that he filmed them for exhibition in Academy ratio. They would not hear otherwise, rather like yourself. Until the Kubrick Archives book came out and showed conclusively that he absolutely knew what ratio his films would be exhibited in. The Shining was always the poster child for people saying open matte was correct - until they saw the storyboards where Mr. Kubrick said frame precisely for 1.85 but protect the full frame - complete with the 1.85 guidelines. And in The Shining documentary his daughter made, they show the video assist monitor on the set clearly having the 1.85 guide.
We keep saying the same thing to you and you keep on keeping on, even though you yourself said early in this thread you were pretty sure The Daydreamer was filmed widescreen. It was filmed for 1.85 projection and that is the ratio it should be released in for home video. As Randy has pointed out, every screen shot used in this thread is NOT ACCURATE - they're zoomed in and cannot be properly framed at 1.85. Do you know what zoomed in means? It means you're losing the sides and top and bottom of the full aperture image, hence you cannot zoom to 1.85 and get a proper image. This is aspect ratio 101. Happy now?