The Piano aspect ratio

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  1. Jacob_G

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    I was just re-watching The Piano (R1 DVD) and I noticed that the lbx'd image has a slightly greater aspect ratio than stated on the box.

    I know that Campion intended it as 1.85:1 (from imdb.com and other sources), so, I checked it out on my computer. I found the picture to be approx 720x346 which is roughly 2.08:1. Perhaps too much was matted at the top and bottom?

    Has anyone else noticed this? Does anyone have access to the R2 DVD? If so, can you grab a snapshot at a specific time. I'm dying to make a comparison.

    Thanks,

    Jacob
     
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    An interesting find.
    www.widescreenreview.com indicates a measured AR of 1.85:1. Mike is usually pretty accurate with his measurements.
    I've never seen the disc first hand.
     
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    Oh lala. I think I jumped the gun. Got confused by all those long picturesque long shots in the film, I guess.

    Anyway, the strange thing is, when I grab a screenshot using powerdvd 4, there are two options:

    1. By Original Video Source Size

    2. By Current Video Window Size

    Having "Keep the aspect ratio" checked, I expect both 1 and 2 to give the same aspect ratio. But, when I paste the results into photoshop, using option one gave me the erroneous aspect ratio of 2.06:1 where as option two gave me the correct ratio of approx 1.85:1.

    What am I doing wrong? Remember this is a non-anamorphic disc, so I thought that ratio in original video source == ratio in current video window.

    Can u spot the error? Thankfully The Piano is in its OAR. But I'd still like an R2 shot to make sure!

    Thanks,

    Jacob
     

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