The General (John Boorman) - Which version to watch?

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  1. Jason Hughes

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    Just wondering what the "right" way to watch this movie is. Was it shown theatrically in color or black and white? What aspect ratio? I assume 2.35:1, even though the b&w side is 1.85:1 (correct aspect ratios seemed like they used to be a difficult concept for Columbia).

    Also, was this ever corrected? Or was it intentional?

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. Jonathan White

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    In the UK it was released in black and white but in the USA it was in colour. Don't have a clue with regards the aspect ratio. Great film though, wish there was a decent DVD to do it justice.
     
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    It was 2.35:1 in the cinemas but the VHS, the only version available AFAIK, is 1.85 open matte.

    A truly under-appreciated movie. Why this isn't available on DVD I can't imagine, unless it's been suppressed so as not to disgrace Kevin Spacey's utterly inferior version of the story,ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL.
     
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    Theatrically it was in black & white in the US, as well.
     
  5. Ted Todorov

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    It was definitely B&W at its NY FIlm Festival screening.


    It IS available on R1 DVD, in OAR.

    Ted
     
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    Was the B&W side ever corrected?
     
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    What exactly is/was wrong with it?

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  8. Jason Hughes

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    It was 1.85:1 whereas the color side with 2.35:1. Looks like Super 35.

    Just wondering if this was intentional or not. Probably not as Columbia used to have a hard getting aspect ratios right (Silverado, Me Without You and I believe a few others).
     

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