Transfer problem with "The Unnatural" on X-Files Season 6?

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  1. Jason T

    Jason T Auditioning

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    This is my first post in a very long time, so be gentle with me [​IMG]
    I have seen the posts about the transfer problem with "The Triangle" on X-Files Season 6 http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=106642. But I suspect that there is a transfer problem with "The Unnatural" episode as well.
    The problem with The Unnatural is that there are shots that are, for lack of a better term, "extra squeezed". The shots look just like if you tell your TV to display something as anamorphic when the source is non-anamorphic -- objects look shorter and fatter than they should.
    A perfect example starts at 14:07. Notice the dimensions of Fred Lane's (The young Arthur Dales) face. It is short and fat. Although you can't really tell, the back shots seem to be of a taller, skinnier face. However, at 14:27, you get a front shot of Fred Lane again, and his face is definitely taller and skinnier there.
    This problem is not something with the flag for anamorphic material. If I set my DVD player (Pioneer DVL-919) to 4:3 LB mode, I still see these scenes incorrectly on my TV (Sony XBR-400)
    I've only gotten about 20-25 minutes into the episode, but I keep seeing shots like this that don't look right.
    So, here go the questions:
    -Is anyone else noticing this?
    -Does anyone have an original broadcast recording, and if so, do you see the same thing?
    -Could this be a stylistic effect ("alien view?"), or is this just a screw up?
     
  2. Mike Graham

    Mike Graham Supporting Actor

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    I've noticed this when the episode was originally broadcast a few years back - even a few shots of Duchovny seemed to be squeezed vertically, and if I'm not mistaken it also occurs when Mulder is at Dales' doorstep. I don't think is a problem with the DVD set, its just simply reproducing the same effect from the way the episode was originally produced.
     
  3. Bill GrandPre

    Bill GrandPre Cinematographer

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    This was David Duchovney's directorial debut. With all due respect, it could be a result of his inexperience as a director.
     

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