Elephant --> May 4th!

 
Old 01-20-04, 06:08 PM
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Elephant --> May 4th!

Widescreen (16x9) / Full Frame

English DTS and 5.1
English 2.0 and French 2.0

English, French, Spanish Subtitles


Behind The Scenes Featurette:
"Rolling Through Time" (12 mins)

Theatrical Trailer


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Wait. If it's in widescreen AND full frame on DVD, then what is the correct OAR of the film?

OH MY GOD!

*head explodes*

For those of you who are going to be smartasses about this, Gus Van Sant shot Elephant with 1.33:1 in mind. When shown during it's theatrical release, the film was projected at 1.85:1; yet most film festivals projected the film in 1.33:1.

EDIT: And which version gets the DTS? The matted version or the full frame version? Or will both versions be on the same side of the disc (the film is only 80 minutes long) and share the DTS track? OH MY GOD!

*head explodes again*

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.....dude went "Scanners" on me.....

That's all the info that has been provided at this time.....sorry~
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Can't wait for this release! Thanks for the info!
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.....dude went "Scanners" on me.....
Not only did I go "Scanners" on you, I wen't "Scanners 2" on you also.

I can't wait for the release, but I just wonder which version members on this forum will watch when this comes to DVD.
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Originally posted by Matthew Chmiel

For those of you who are going to be smartasses about this, Gus Van Sant shot Elephant with 1.33:1 in mind. When shown during it's theatrical release, the film was projected at 1.85:1; yet most film festivals projected the film in 1.33:1.

Really looking foward to this, but I'm really disappointed that there is no commentary.

I saw this at the NY Film Fetival, where it was indeed shown 1.33:1 - I remember thinking at the time that it must be the first commercial release in that format in a long time. I never realized that it was subsequenly "reformatted for your multiplex screen".
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It was 1:33:1 when I saw it. I wished the DVD would have had a good interview with Van Sant or a commentary. I wasn't the biggest fan of this movie, but I'd like to hear Van Sant talk about it.
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I doubt Van Sant would want to do a commentary. The whole point of the film was not to provide concrete explanations while examining the elements of Columbine. So, the only thing left to do is talk about the technical aspects of the film, which seems to be covered in the featurette.

As long as its not exhorbitantly priced(> $20), I will be buying this.
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Yeah!

Elephant was projected in Academy Ratio at my local Independent Film theater. Damn those black bars on the sides! This film should *not* be presented in widescreen - that's not it's original aspect ratio. As long as the OAR is offered, I'm buying.

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hehe, I saw this at the haugesund film festival in norway, and i honestly can't remember if it was projected 1.33:1 or 1.85:1 :-)
Looking forward to this release.
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Is this movie worth buying considering its only 80 minutes long?
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Is this movie worth buying considering its only 80 minutes long?
Why would the length of a film have anything to do with how good it is?
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Is this movie worth buying considering its only 80 minutes long?
IMO, Elephant was one of the best films released in 2003 (along with Van Sant's Gerry).
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Elephant was the only film worth watching at Cannes last year.

I'm disappointed there aren't more extras, but it's no big deal.

I do find it amusing that the studio seems to not know what to do with this film's ratio. Its OAR is 1.33:1, but I think they figured if they *only* put out the Academy ratio version DVD widescreen fans would cry foul, so they're actually matteing the OAR and making an artificial 16:9 cropped version out of it. Classic.

At least now the widescreen display owners won't have to complain about "those black bars on both sides of the screen."

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I think it would be odd watching this film in 1.85:1. My theater showed it 1.37 so thats all I can imagine. Donno about the film requiring DTS, but hey throw it in if you must This was an amazing film, I can't wait for the DVD.
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There were some scenes which looked odd at 1.33:1, since it seemed to have left out some important information (ie. not seeing John when he's talking to his father in the car).

1.33:1 is how it was shown theatrically, so I guess that's the truest way to watch it.
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Just read that the MSRP on this is $27.95 - which makes it easy for me to pick it up for under $20.
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