Posted: 2004-12-01 12:29
Has anyone noticed this unsavory habit that I've now noticed a second time on a dvd. It seems that Universal, on the new 'widescreen' release of Happy Gilmore(yeah, I love the older Sandler movies- guilty pleasure?) used the full screen print, zoomed in, and chopped off the top and bottom of the picture to create the 16x9 version. The point is to get more picture, now there is less. I also noticed this on the 'widescreen' release of National Lampoon's Family Vacation. If I hadn't already owned the orignal ff release of these movies I may not have noticed, but after comparing the two it is painfully obvious- the tops of peoples heads are cut off on close shots and details previously near the bottom of the shot are now gone. Does anyone think it's worth the time to complain to Universal or will there be deaf ears? ----------------- STR-DA7ES w/ RM-TP1, 60A2000 SXRD,BDP-S1, DHG-HDD250, DVP-NS999ES, RCD-W222ES; Monster Signature 3 & 2 Channel Amplifiers, Signature HTPS 7000 and Signature AVS 2000; Polk RT2000i, CS400i, FXi50; SVS PC-Ultra Sub; Audioquest, Monster,and IXOS cables.
Maxxwire Sony Adept Joined: Aug 29, 2002
From: Portland, Oregon - USA
Posted: 2004-12-01 14:00
You may not be able to change the way they are doing things, but at least you could let them know that you noticed what they are doing.
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emjordan Sony Devotee Joined: Mar 16, 2004
From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2004-12-01 14:54
It is possible that these films were shot in a format known as "Super 35." In this format, the film is actually shot in a "full frame" (1.33:1)format, but the top and bottom of the frames are removed for the theatrical release to create a "wide screen" (2.35:1) image. For a great screen shot of a Super 35 film ("Air Force One"), see the article on anamorphic DVD's from The Digital Bits: http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/anamorphic/aspectratios/widescreenorama2.html
Thus, if you were to compare the Full Frame image to the Wide Screen image, the Full Frame image would have more content.
JRod69 Sony Aficionado Joined: Mar 29, 2004
Posted: 2004-12-01 15:48
You bought "National Lampoon's Family Vacation" not once but twice? I don't think the mothers of the actors in the movie did that. ----------------- -JRod69-
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Posted: 2004-12-01 20:57
The first copy was free- the second was to get widescreen. I know, still unexcusable. There's just something about that Wally World and the Family Truckster.... ----------------- STR-DA7ES w/ RM-TP1, 60A2000 SXRD,BDP-S1, DHG-HDD250, DVP-NS999ES, RCD-W222ES; Monster Signature 3 & 2 Channel Amplifiers, Signature HTPS 7000 and Signature AVS 2000; Polk RT2000i, CS400i, FXi50; SVS PC-Ultra Sub; Audioquest, Monster,and IXOS cables.
jttar Sony Master Joined: Feb 28, 2003
From: Chicago,IL, USA
Posted: 2004-12-02 00:01
Randy Quaid as brother-in-law Eddie is worth two copies by itself! Hilarious. Joe
RickeyM Sony King Joined: Sep 09, 2004
From: Baltimore, Maryland
Posted: 2004-12-04 00:27
I liked the part about the super slick coating applied to the bottom of the saucer-sled whatchamacallit .
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