*****TO ALL STUDIOS, watch the sales of 'EPISODE 1' for the message.

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  1. Inspector Hammer!

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    It's WIDESCREEN ONLY, and it's going to sell through the roof!
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    Point to sales of Cast Away, Gladiator, and Warner's own Matrix to show that WS only will sell and sell well.
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    I suppose they could also look at the sales of Phantom Menace as means to justify making us wait 2 freaking years for a dvd version [​IMG]
     
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    Yes, I'm sick of hearing that the retailers like WAL MART are receiving complaints about the goddamn black bars. I say, too bad. The DVD's are selling, aren't they? So take a few years of complaints until the format is accepted by the public at large.
     
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    I'm a firm beleiver that pan and scanners don't care enough NOT to buy something only available in Widescreen. However, those of us who appreciate Widescreen will not buy pan and scan. I walked out of 2 Best Buy's and a Walmart yesterday without Cats and Dogs specifically because I could not buy it in Widescreen.
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    I am speaking for myself: No AOR = No Sale or Rent.
     
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    John, I think this is a really bad example.
    There is no doubt that if you are a widescreen fan and like the movie you are going to buy it. A no-brainer, for sure.
    Any child given the money (or if they have saved it up) will get it too, and that's a no-brainer as well.
    However, I can see someone asking mom or dad to go out and get it, and when they find out that there is no full screen version they might come back empty-handed. We can run through multiple versions of the conversation that follows, but I think that in a few cases it will NOT be purchased.
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    Just FYI, the Vacation films are open matte, not pan and scan. Big difference.
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    Jeff, shit is still shit, no matter what color it is.
    The sales of 'Episode 1' is a GREAT example, I mean how can you miss it, it's a high profile title, that has no pan n crap version available for the mass public whiners, and it's selling like hotcakes to alot of demographics, adults, teens, adults buying for the kids, plus Christmas is coming up, so those same people will probably be buying extra copies for stocking stuffers. It's pretty clear to me.
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    I too will NOT buy even the best movie ever made on DVD if it is not available in its Original Aspect Ratio. I am very pleased with SW Episode 1 DVD. I would not have bought it if it were not in its original aspect ratio.
    I think it is fair to generalize that informed DVD buyers will be less likely to buy a flawed P&S product, while the ignorant DVD buyer would buy it either way. I don't think the point had anything to do with personal preference or speaking for oneself. I think it was fair to generalize how the informed and ignorant might buy/refuse to buy based on aspect ratio.
    But, to speak for myself, I do know what is missing in a P&S film -- and the more I like the film, the more I'd hate to see it in P&S.
    In sum, No OAR, No Sale. Point of the header to this thread is valid in my opinion.
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    I don't care how good a film is, if it's my favourite film and it is available only in P&S then I do without it until such a time that it is. This is war.
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