The Broken-Afterdark Horrorfest 3 DVD not in OAR
I know this isn't on the level of Lord of War, but Lionsgate has cropped the 2:35:1 aspect ratio of the Broken to 1:78:1. For anyone familiar with this movie, the cinematography is (was) fantastic. The new version is not open matte, it's zoomed in and the picture is grainy and cramped. Having seen Sean Ellis' previous film, Cashback, it's clear that he knows his way around a widescreen image.
I don't understand why Lionsgate does this, they also did it to director Chris Smith's movie Creep with Franka Potente. I had purchased the UK release long before it was released domestically, but when it finally came out in the US I just checked out the disc at BB and noticed it had been cropped to 1:78:1. But no one noticed and no stink was made.
What's strange is that they kept the 2:40:1 aspect ratio of The Butterfly Effect 3, also an After Dark Horrorfest release. How does Lionsgate decide what movies to crop and which one's to leave alone? It all seems so arbitrary.