Warner/HBO releases another family title (House Arrest) in P&S only!

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  1. Scott_J

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    I saw a couple early copies of House Arrest (4/2 release date) today while doing some shopping at a local retailer. I was thinking about picking this up when I heard it was being released, but when I turned the box over to check out the specs, the aspect ratio said 4x3. The disc is under the HBO DVD label, not Warner, but it looks like we may not have necessarily won the OAR family films with them as we originally thought we did, unless it was a misprint on the box (I wasn't about to buy it to check it out for sure). There was a good chance I would have bought it had it been in OAR but no sale now.
     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    If it's under HBO, it's probably a TV movie.

    Was this film released into theaters?
     
  3. Adam Tyner

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    Yes, it was released theatrically.
     
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    Yes, do you know the OAR for this movie or are you just assuming that nothing was originally shot in 4:3?
     
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    Warner Bros. previously stated that all their Family Films would be released in full screen or pan and scan. The only exceptions are when the director has the right to insist on OAR. The Willy Wonka episode does not seem to have given them any confidence that OAR is needed. Too bad, but that's the way it is I'm afraid.[​IMG]
     
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    When did Warner state that? I am sure that if they did state that all Family Films would be P&S only, thier would have been instant backlash, and a pretty strong boycott on all thier films by most members. I am pretty sure that everyone would know about that if they had really stated that. It's probably another one of those paranoia rumors. I run into those all the time working with WA.

    That said, can someone who own's this disc verify if it is full frame. If so, I'll put it on the OAR watchdog list.
     
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    According to this review, House Arrest was shown 1.85:1 in theaters.
     
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  9. Peter Kline

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    When Willy Wonka was released in full frame only WB stated that their suveys indicated that customers wanted those films that way. That's why there was a backlash of petitions and WB eventually released the wides screen version. However, except for that film and Gremlins almost, if not all, of the other "Family" series films have been released in full frame or pan and scan.
     
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    crap, I enjoyed this movie when I was twelve or so when it came out, I''m sure it's probably terrible now, but I would have picked it up for nostalgias sake, oh well, NO OAR, NO SALE, just one less WB title for me to waste my money on.

    Adam
     
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    A Bronx Tale and Three Amigos were released on DVD. Should I assume these are TV movies too? [​IMG]
    (Both are non-anamorphic widescreen...ABT's box says it's 16:9 enhanced and Three Amigos says nothing about aspect ratio).
     
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    Sorry, I just assumed that HBO handled their TV product and WB released the theatrical stuff. (Like The Great Santini)
     
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    Well, The Great Santini is kind of a bad example, because it too played in theaters...but this was after it got a showing on HBO. It was originally intended for theaters and was released theatrically by Orion...but HBO maintained video rights. That too is a pan & scan theatrical DVD!
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    That really sucks, I was looking forward to the dvd and now I won't buy it.
     

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