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LincolnSpector

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A few years ago, when Filmstruck died, Warner Brothers gave me 4 films. I already had 3 of them on disc. The other was the 1954 version of A Star is Born. But when I watched it, it was panned and scanned to something like 2.0 if I remember rightly. Since it was a freebie, I didn't make a stink about it.

Since then, I've been able to watch the film in the right, 2.55x1 aspect ratio.

Recently, I wanted to see John Ford's The Informer. I rented it on Vudu, where it had a stretched wide aspect ratio. I turned it off quickly. I rented it at Google, and had the same problem. Clearly, it wasn't Vudu's fault.

Both movies are owned by Warners. I worry that someone there is messing up aspect ratios to fill more of the 16x9 TV ratio for the pay-per-view crowd. Is there someone at Warner we can talk about this?

btw, Vudu refunded my $4. But I failed for Google. That shouldn't be surprised. I have never been able to contact anyone at Google, and I used to be an editor at PC World.
 

Neil Middlemiss

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It does seem to be concentrated with Warner titles. The Rookie and Last Boy Scout are both wrong, though are correct on MoviesAnywhere.
 

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The Year of Living Dangerously is another one. It's only available on iTunes in a cropped to 1.78 version.
 

LincolnSpector

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Are you sure it's only on iTunes? Try Google or Vudu. I think it's on all of the pay-for-view services...and only on Warner Brothers.
 

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Are you sure it's only on iTunes? Try Google or Vudu. I think it's on all of the pay-for-view services...and only on Warner Brothers.
I meant it's only available in a cropped version, not that it's available only on iTunes and not anywhere else.
 

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I meant it's only available in a cropped version, not that it's available only on iTunes and not anywhere else.
The Year of Living Dangerously is available in its OAR of 2.35:1 on the Movies Anywhere app and on Amazon Prime.
 

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