- Oct 14, 2008
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Hi, Bruce. I would have agreed with you, about the 143 cut being released on 4K, as opposed to the 146 minute cut. However, balderdash or not, I received the following in an email from WB today, which I assume everyone else who has ever bought anything from the WB shop received as well.People elsewhere are already expecting this to have the deleted two-minute hospital scene at the end. I don't believe it will be, not for an iota of a second. As someone has already pointed out, the Cannes runtime is 143 minutes, not 146. Someone from some article somewhere said he deleted the sequence during the third week of its run - which is balderdash. I was deleted the first weekend. I saw it on opening day, it was in, and then about five days later and it was out.
I recall a lot of internet debates about there being differences in how certain films should be shown but if I recall correctly when people actually went back to look at that and things Kubrick himself had said that what they discovered was there was no real debate. Kubrick had always been consistent with how he wanted his films presented. The only discussions he had about presenting the films differently came with regards to how they would appear on old TV screens and hence on VHS or other earlier forms of home video formats. In terms of how he wanted them shown in a theater I do not think there was ever a debate and he remained quite clear. So, on aspect ratios I think, to the best of my memory, the debates about that were overblown and really ended up not representing Kubrick's thoughts at all.The Kubrick powers-that-be have changed their minds before, from first claiming that Kubrick wanted his "flat" films all presented in open-matte 1.33:1, to insisting that 1.77:1 was the proper aspect ratio for BARRY LYNDON for a time.
I notice they often tend to still have a ton of them in the stores these days. I like the Steelbook cases when they have excellent, thoughtful art, but many of the Best Buy ones are pretty generic and not worth the extra dough.Man, Best Buy is making some profit margin off these exclusive steelbook releases. Not for me though, as I can't justify spending that extra $5 for some cheap metal.