What movie was most humiliated by pan&scan?

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  1. Bill J

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    I would have to say either 2001: A Space Odyssey or Lawrence of Arabia.
     
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    Well, by judging the uproar, I would guess Willy Wonka.
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    Conan The Barbarian
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    That would be Ben Hur.
     
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    A League of Their Own was pretty harsh...
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    Definitely the first video release of BEN HUR in the very early eighties; the telecine operator didn't even pan and scan, he just left the point of focus in the middle of the screen-no matter what was happening. In the late eighties MGM remastered the film on video and actually squeezed the image so that more could be seen! Of course this still looked dreadful but in those pre letterbox days(at least on VHS) I was elated to actually be able to see more of the image.
     
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    Ben-Hur, 2001, Lawrence of Arabia, and any other 70mm productions.
    HBO2 showed Lawrence of Arabia in P&S last night and how well it makes me happy to own the DVD!
    Gone With The Wind was actually P&S in the 1960's...MGM made a wonderful 2.10:10 70mm version with stereophonic sound. Oh yeah...it also had vibrant metrocolor that gives the existing 70mm prints a fine salmon tint.
    If you're not seeing the intended image, you're not seeing the intended movie.
    [Edited last by PatrickMcCart on November 03, 2001 at 09:38 AM]
     
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    I agree with "All of them," but my most hated pan and scan transfers include:
    The Odd Couple
    Multiplicity
    The Matrix
    Ben Hur
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    Jay-and-Scan
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    The Last Emperor was the first movie I saw on VHS where the cropping was obvious to the point it made the movie unwatchable.
     
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    Because of the digital panning, I can't watch most of the Professional.
    Ghostbusters was mentioned, but I would also put up Mission Impossible 1.
     
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    Most musicals because of the symmetrical choreography. West Side Story, Sound of Music and Grease come to mind. Summer Nights and Your the One That I Want (funhouse scene) were butchered all to pieces.
     
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    All of the Pink Panther movies look terrible. They feature some of the absolute worst pans and scans.
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    [Edited last by Tom_G on November 09, 2001 at 02:55 PM]
     
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    Vincent, that is indeed no joke! I don't know what MGM's midset was at that time. It must have been that they desired a more grandiose presentation.
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