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Now the question is, what will the aspect ratio be? Cinematographer Vittorio Storraro messed with a bunch of his films shot in 2.35:1 (LAST EMPEROR, APOCALYPSE NOW, and this) to reformat them to 2.00:1, and called it "Univisium." He wanted this to become a new standard of film ratio. What an ego! Great photography, idiotic framing decision, as it cut off information on the left and right sides, often leaving actors eviscerated. Check your laser and DVD copies of the two aforementioned films to see what a misinformed choice this was. The thing he is, he actually talked Coppola and Bertolucci into going along with this massacre. Fortunately, saner minds prevailed for the most recent Blu-ray editions of these films. But, now...what about TUCKER?
 

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A solid true-life story.
A finely executed film.
And an under seen effort.
AAA for "Tucker"
 
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Now the question is, what will the aspect ratio be? Cinematographer Vittorio Storraro messed with a bunch of his films shot in 2.35:1 (LAST EMPEROR, APOCALYPSE NOW, and this) to reformat them to 2.00:1, and called it "Univisium." He wanted this to become a new standard of film ratio. What an ego! Great photography, idiotic framing decision, as it cut off information on the left and right sides, often leaving actors eviscerated. Check your laser and DVD copies of the two aforementioned films to see what a misinformed choice this was. The thing he is, he actually talked Coppola and Bertolucci into going along with this massacre. Fortunately, saner minds prevailed for the most recent Blu-ray editions of these films. But, now...what about TUCKER?
Hmmm-m-m-m-m...makes me wonder if " Storraro's obsession with "Univisium" inspired Coppola to tell the story of "Tucker"?
Regardless, I concur with Dick...please, no veering from the original aspect ratio. Univisium sucks.
 
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Great news and hopefully Lionsgate will convince Coppola, like they did with Apocalypse to keep the framing at 2.35. Don't know how Storaro felt about that but he was wrong to do the 2.00 on films he shot 2.35
 

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Well I’m gonna be the one to say it.

This movie may have looked nice and the premise may have been interesting but the movie was dull and a chore to watch.
 

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According to the poster above, Lucasfilm produced the movie.
Staight from the horses' mouth
https://www.zoetrope.com/american-zoetrope/

American Zoetrope

American Zoetrope: Dedicated to Creating Classics
In our first 30 years we have produced some of the most important films in American cinema. Our films have received fifteen Academy AwardsTM and sixty-eight nominations. Four Zoetrope-produced films were included in the American Film Institute's top 100 American films.

American Zoetrope has constantly embraced the creative possibilities of technology, and is known for orchestrating alternative approaches to filmmaking and challenging stale Hollywood standards. American Zoetrope continues to build on its rich film history and legendary standards of quality from its headquarters, the historic Sentinal Building in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.

Below is a complete list of our films--from Coppola's first film, Dementia 13 (1963), to current productions that haven't even been released yet in theaters. Click on any title or director's name to access an entire database of information. You'll find domestic, foreign and rare movie posters, movie stills, plot summaries, awards, links to official sites, and complete cast and crew listings.

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2014 Life After Beth
Jeff Baena
2014 Mozart in the Jungle
2014 Palo Alto
Gia Coppola
2013 The Bling Ring
Sofia Coppola
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Roman Coppola
2012 Twixt
Francis Ford Coppola
2010 Somewhere
Sofia Coppola
2009 Tetro
Francis Ford Coppola
2007 Coda: Thirty Years Later
Eleanor Coppola
2007 Youth Without Youth
Francis Ford Coppola
2006 The Good Shepherd
Robert De Niro
2006 Marie Antoinette
Sofia Coppola
2006 The Birth of 5.1 Sound
Kim Aubry
2004 Kinsey
Bill Condon
2003 Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola
2003 The Legend of Suriyothai
Chatrichalerm Yukol
2003 Assassination Tango
Robert Duvall
2003 Jeepers Creepers II
Victor Salva
2002 CQ
Roman Coppola
2002 Pumpkin
Anthony Abrams
Adam Larson Broder
2002 No Such Thing
Hal Hartley
2001 Jeepers Creepers
Victor Salva
2001 Apocalypse Now Redux
Francis Ford Coppola
2000 The Virgin Suicides
Sofia Coppola
1999 The Third Miracle
Agnieszka Holland
1999 Sleepy Hollow
Tim Burton
1998 Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series)
Frank Roddam
1998 Outrage (TV)
Robert Allan Ackerman
1998 First Wave (TV Series)
Bill Corcoran
Holly Dale
Ken Girotti
Rob LaBelle
Michael Robison
Mike Rohl
1997 John Grisham's The Rainmaker
Francis Ford Coppola
1997 The Odyssey (TV Mini-Series)
Andrei Konchalovsky
1997 Buddy
Caroline Thompson
1996 Titanic (TV Mini-Series)
Robert Lieberman
1996 Jack
Francis Ford Coppola
1995 My Family/Mi Familia
Gregory Nava
1995 Don Juan DeMarco
Jeremy Levin
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Kenneth Branagh
1994 Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (TV Movie)
Larry Elikann
1993 The Secret Garden
Agnieszka Holland
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula
Francis Ford Coppola
1992 Wind
Carrol Ballard
1991 Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Fax Bahr
Eleanor Coppola
George Hickenlooper
1990 The Godfather Part III
Francis Ford Coppola
1990 The Spirit of '76
Lucas Reiner
1989 New York Stories ('Life Without Zoe' segment)
Francis Ford Coppola
1989 Wait Until Spring, Bandini
Dominique Deruddere
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Francis Ford Coppola
1988 Clownhouse
Victor Salva
1988 Powaqqatsi
Godfrey Reggio
1987 Gardens of Stone
Francis Ford Coppola
1987 Barfly
Barbet Schroeder
1986 Captain EO (3-D Disneyland attraction)
Francis Ford Coppola
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married
Francis Ford Coppola
1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Paul Schrader
1984 The Cotton Club
Francis Ford Coppola
1983 Rumble Fish
Francis Ford Coppola
1983 The Grey Fox
Phillip Borsos
1983 The Black Stallion Returns
Robert Dalva
1983 The Outsiders
Francis Ford Coppola
1983 Koyaanisqatsi
Godfrey Reggio
1982 The Escape Artist
Caleb Deschanel
1982 One from the Heart
Francis Ford Coppola
1982 Hammett
Wim Wenders
1982 Parsifal
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
1982 Passion
Jean-Luc Godard
1982 Too Far to Go
Fielder Cook
1981 Napoleon (Restored version of Abel Gance's 1927 film)
Abel Gance
1980 Kagemusha, The Shadow Warrior
Akira Kurasawa
1979 Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola
1979 Every Man For Himself (Sauve qui peut)
Jean-Luc Godard
1979 The Black Stallion
Carrol Ballard
1978 Our Hitler
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
1977 The Perfumed Nightmare
Kidlat Tahimik
1974 The Conversation
Francis Ford Coppola
1974 The Godfather Part II
Francis Ford Coppola
1973 American Graffiti
George Lucas
1972 The Godfather
Francis Ford Coppola
1972 Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
1970 THX-1138
George Lucas
1969 The Rain People
Francis Ford Coppola
1968 Finian's Rainbow
Francis Ford Coppola
1966 You're a Big Boy Now
Francis Ford Coppola
1963 Dementia 13
Francis Ford Coppola
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Well I’m gonna be the one to say it.

This movie may have looked nice and the premise may have been interesting but the movie was dull and a chore to watch.
I actually thought it was pretty interesting. Its historical accuracy is another question. The director was determined to depict Tucker as positively as possible.
 
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The Blu-ray release of this film triggers lots of memories.

I saw it at the Senator Theatre in Baltimore, a lovely theatre with a backlit glass brick facade that looks like a giant jukebox. The feature was preceded by a vintage MGM cartoon about cars. A nice touch of showmanship.

Years later, when I was given a tour of the Skywalker Ranch in California, I was brought into a parking garage. I wondered why my guide thought this would be interesting, until I saw George Lucas's Tucker parked there. (Also stored there were several life-sized photo blowups of the Tucker which were used when filming the factory scenes.)
 

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American Zoetrope (or rather Zoetrope Studios) was opperating in name only at the time of this film's production following the failures of One From The Heart, The Outsiders, and Rumble Fish. In fact, George Lucas paid for the entire production out of his own pocket hence why the post production of the film was done at Skywalker Ranch in Marin instead of SanFran.

Also I wouldn't cite a list that claims The Godfather as an American Zoetrope film. By that logic, so are Patton and Finian's Rainbow.
 
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Well I’m gonna be the one to say it.

This movie may have looked nice and the premise may have been interesting but the movie was dull and a chore to watch.
You have gone on record. Most of us had a different experience. Watching TUCKER is a chore I have enjoyed many times.
 
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I remember seeing this on its closing night at a local theatre [a Thursday] and really enjoying the framing device of a quasi-motor vehicle promotional film. IIRC, George Lucas' role as producer was akin to a completion bond guarantor, and while the Lucasfilm logo appears on all print materials, I would not be surprised to find out that Lucas had sold the film back to Coppola for a song. That's the kind of friendship they have.
 
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