What was the OAR of "Fletch" (1985)?

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  1. John Kilduff

    John Kilduff Screenwriter

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    I was watching "Fletch" on TCM the other night, and I was sorry to see it was in full-frame. I know it is the print Universal Television gave them, and yes, it was uncensored ("Are you using the whole fist?"), but still I was surprised. On the upside, I didn't notice any panning-and-scanning.

    So, I figured I'd ask...What's the OAR of "Fletch"? Also, was it filmed open-matte?

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    While waiting for the answer, I'll have a Bloody Mary, a steak sandwich and a steak sandwich.
     
  2. Kenneth English

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    According to the Internet Movie Database (admittedly not the most reliable source for accurate movie info), it was filmed Spherical 1.85:1. This would seem to indicate that it wasn't "open-matte." Anyone have a (shudder) VHS copy they can compare to the DVD?
     
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    Andy_G Stunt Coordinator

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    I watched part of it zoomed to 1.78:1 and it appeared to be alright composition wise. I suspect that the TCM transfer was open matte.
     
  4. streeter

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    Weird that TCM would show this film full frame, while there is an OAR DVD.

    The other film that I have seen broadcasted on TCM MAR is the Lemmon/Matthau The Front Page.
     
  5. John Kilduff

    John Kilduff Screenwriter

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    Come to think of it, they've aired "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Car Wash" in full-frame as well.

    "Fletch", "The Front Page", "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Car Wash" were all Universal releases...Why were they all full-frame?

    Warners' "Enter The Dragon", Columbia's "Seems Like Old Times" and Touchstone's "Shoot To Kill" have aired on TCM full-frame as well.

    Odd.

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    Well, Nobody's Perfect.
     
  6. Sean Moon

    Sean Moon Cinematographer

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    That is why I am glad I have the OAR DVD of it[​IMG]
    Why did I order my food here? It is where I knew my mouth would be.

    Which also reminds me of something your wife said when we were in bed together. She said we have similar builds. From the waist up I suppose.
     

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