Widescreen or Open Matte (PhoneBooth example)

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  1. Aaryn Chan

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    Hello,

    I just watched PhoneBooth and was curious and compared the two versions. Here are some screencaps.

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    I dont wanna start a debate here, I just wanna show how sometimes it's interesting to see the difference and WS don't always win easily. I certaintly like WS more (which looks more scrammed). What do you prefer?

    Btw, I have noticed that from the screenshots, the OM version is sharper. It looks like the WS is a zoom of the OM and blur'er..


    (If I had Sleeping Beauty, I would've posted some shots too.)
     
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  3. Tom Tsai

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    ^ that's what I was going to say. OAR always wins easily.
     
  4. Patrick Soucy

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    Widescreen (or OAR) all the time.

    Look the open matte ones, the pictures is full of unimportant information...
     
  5. Joe Fisher

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    This is your brain:"Presented in a scope widescreen format, preserving the 2.35:1 aspect ratio of it's original theactrical exhibition."

    This is your brain on drugs:"This film has been modified from it's original theactrical version. It has been reformatted to fit your screen"

    Any questions???

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    Besides, those are only a few screen shots. There could be may shots in that film that are heavilly Panned and Scanned in the P&S version
     
  7. Aaryn Chan

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    Well, at least I see a pair of ass in the first screencap on the P&S, which isn't available on the WS.

    Hey, I just noticed that it looks like Collin is grabbing his friend's balls in the FS.
     
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    Joe, thats great! Can I use that as my sig? Ive been trying to think of something clever, but that takes the cake.[​IMG]
     
  9. Trevor H

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    It doesn't matter if you "see more" on the P&S version because what you are supposed to see is on the OAR version.
     
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    Come on guys, call it what it is. A full screen open matte, not a pan and scan. And for the record, yes, the theatrical aspect ratio is always my preference (unless the director deems otherwise).
     
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    That is interesting to see, Aaryn. I have a few movies I've bought both OAR and open matte. It fascinates me.

    Your screencaps demonstrate the unfortunate reality of open matte, though -- closeups become medium shots and medium shots become medium long shots.
     
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    Open matte all the way!I hope studios continue the trend toward fullscreen and do away with widescreen and black bars completely!
     
  13. Ken Seeber

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    In every single example posted above, the tighter widescreen framing is far better and pulls the eye to what is important in the frame.
     
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    May I also use that in my signature Joe? It's hysterical.

     
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    I don't mean to nitpick here, but this is most likely Super35, not open-matte. The results are similar, but they are two different processes. At any rate, I was under the impression that Schumacher preferred shooting in anamorphic. Interesting.

     
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  19. Aaryn Chan

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    P$S does not show "more" picture top and bottom (no pun).

    But that whole scene in the Open Matte version, you see Collin's friends playing with the cell phones and PDAs. I kinda agree it kinda distract the attention and not let us focus on Collin talking on the phone as the WS does.
     
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