Sleepers - 2.35:1 or 1.85:1

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  1. Simon Massey

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    Since aspect ratios seem to be a hot topic at the moment, I wanted to raise another query
    Sleepers (Brad Pitt & Jason Patric) was released on DVD on Region 2 in UK quite early on, and the aspect ratio on this disc is 1:85:1 (dual-layer disc)
    However, a friend of mine has the region 1 flipper, and the aspect ratio is 2.35:1.
    Any ideas on which is right as I didn't see this at the cinema. Whilst I hate having a flipper disc, I would much rather have the correct aspect ratio.
    If the right ratio is 2.35:1, I actually find this practice more insulting than simply releasing an ordinary pan and scan version. At least with 1.33:1, you know what your getting.
     
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    James Berardinelli's original review from '96 sez 2.35:1.
    [Edited last by Adam Tyner on August 26, 2001 at 02:15 PM]
     
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    I saw it in the theater, and it was 2.35:1.
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    I have the R2 UK release, which is dual-sided with 1.33:1 on one side and 1.77:1 on the other side.
    IMDB reports that both transfers are Pan&Scan, and exactly why the DVD was made this way is beyond my comprehension...
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    Artur: Another example of a Super 35 film presented at 1.78:1 on DVD would be Goodtimes' Judgment Night.
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