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ginster
12-15-05, 04:51 PM
I picked up Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining from Walmart for 5.50 and the back of the cases state this...

" This feature is presented in the full aspect ratio of the original camera negitive, as Stanley Kubrick intended"

Does this mean they are full screen versions and there are widescreen versions available or are these the only versions available??

TIA

The Valeyard
12-15-05, 04:53 PM
These are the only versions available. Kubrick prefered Full Frame (or Open Matte) on some of his films.

No kidding.

Y2K Falcon
12-15-05, 04:53 PM
It means that Kubrick liked to shoot in 4x3. So don't be concerned when it is pillarboxed on your WS TV.

Any versions that matte it to WS were not the way Kubrick shot it.

It has nothing to do with malt liquor.

Johnny Zhivago
12-15-05, 04:54 PM
-popcorn-

ginster
12-15-05, 04:59 PM
Thanks alot!!

I just wanted to make sure I didn't get foolscreen versions thinking they were a good deal for 5.50

Y2K Falcon
12-15-05, 05:02 PM
Thanks alot!!

I just wanted to make sure I didn't get foolscreen versions thinking they were a good deal for 5.50
Uhhh... but...

Didn't you? :hscratch:

marcellusk
12-15-05, 05:06 PM
Uhhh... but...

Didn't you? :hscratch:

rotfl

ginster
12-15-05, 05:17 PM
Uhhh... but...

Didn't you? :hscratch:

Yes and no... I didn't get foolscreen in the sense there are widescreen versions available. I got foolscreens because that is the only version available.

Jay G.
12-15-05, 05:55 PM
What the best aspect ratio for Kubrick's films is often a debated, and debatable, topic. Warner Bros has stood by their statement that Kubrick wanted full frame releases for home video, although there's evidence that the full-frame 4:3 ratio is not what he composed for.

From a Kubrick FAQ, we get a quote from the assistant editor for The Shining:
http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/faq/#n1s1
Although The Shining was shot with the full academy aperture, it was designed and composed entirely for the 1.85:1 ratio, and that is the only way it should be projected in the theatre.

All the Steenbecks in the cutting rooms accordingly had their screens marked, or even masked off, with the 1.85:1 ratio. The 6-plate Steenbeck in Stanley and Ray's main cutting room was masked off with black masking tape, because you cannot cut a movie properly unless you can see the frame exactly as it will appear in the cinema.

Some other arguments for and against fullscreen for The Shining are in this thread:
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=391313

Mr. Cinema
12-15-05, 06:10 PM
Greatest.....Thread.....Title.......Ever

Rypro 525
12-15-05, 06:11 PM
I am all for the way kubrik wanted it to look, but when inhd showed eyes wide shut in hd and in widescreen, the framing looked more natural and corect to my eyes (my dvr cut out the last 20 minutes so i had to rent the dvd, it was during the "pool" scene.

Y2K Falcon
12-15-05, 06:12 PM
when inhd showed eyes wide shut in hd
:lol: