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Old 02-04-04, 12:20 PM
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Guide to Original Aspect Ratio: A Website

Warning For DVD & Film Know-It-Alls: Stop reading now...you already know this stuff.
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I was trying to find a list of Super 35 open matte DVDs, like the Farelley Bros.' Kingpin, when I stumbled upon this website: http://www.rexer.com/cine/oar.htm

I found it to be infomative and well-presented.
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Nice introductory (mandatory?) read for any future DVD enthusiast...I'll forward it to a few of my 'lesser-informed' friends. I'm glad they mentioned that not all movies were originally shot in widescreen, too.
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Should be linked in the F.A.Q.
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Guess we'll soon be complaining about the reverse Pan and Scan phenomenon - Tilt and Scan - as more and more widescreen TV's enter the mainstream!
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Great site, worth a read for anyone is colllects DVDs.
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Cool site, thanks. I will show it to some people that believe full screen is better.
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Indeed. Never really heard of 'tilt and scan' [or realized it was a problem/issue.]
I do think we're going to run into a problem with the term 'full screen' not too far from now.
I like this:

Just as you wouldn't cut up the Mona Lisa to fit a handy, too-small frame, or slice off the tops of your novels in order to fit them in a bookshelf, you shouldn't tolerate mutilated works of motion picture art just to fit them in your TV.

You don't chop up your books?
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Good find, very newbie-friendly.
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Someone just pointed this thread out to me... thanks for the compliments!

I created this page for a family emergency, actually. I found out my aunt was asking for the fullscreen version of Chicago on DVD for Xmas and I just had to do something about it. I tried to make things as simple as possible (I know movies are really 1.85:1 in theaters and not 16:9, etc.). Didn't really expect the outside world to find it, but Google's neat that way, I guess.

The Exister - and, yep, tilt & scan has already reared its ugly head. The upcoming box set of the old TV show Kung Fu is being released this way.

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nice website!
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quote of the year..as writtten above...

"Just as you wouldn't cut up the Mona Lisa to fit a handy, too-small frame, or slice off the tops of your novels in order to fit them in a bookshelf, you shouldn't tolerate mutilated works of motion picture art just to fit them in your TV. Support artistic integrity by buying OAR DVDs."
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That's a pretty good website.

Now there's a problem. With some movies that were made entirely in 4:3 aspect ratio in the theatres and thus, should be viewed only in fullscreen.. how would one know which version to buy on DVD? How would anyone know what the original aspect ratio it was made in?

Ever since now I was thinking widescreen would be the one to always get because nowadays studios usually filmed movies in 16:9 ratio. But as for older movies how would you know?
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Originally posted by Regurgitator
That's a pretty good website.

Now there's a problem. With some movies that were made entirely in 4:3 aspect ratio in the theatres and thus, should be viewed only in fullscreen.. how would one know which version to buy on DVD? How would anyone know what the original aspect ratio it was made in?

Ever since now I was thinking widescreen would be the one to always get because nowadays studios usually filmed movies in 16:9 ratio. But as for older movies how would you know?
If it was made before 1953, it should be in widescreen. If in doubt, check the techincal specs and IMDB. Of course, those aren't always perfect.
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Originally posted by majorjoe23
If it was made before 1953, it should be in widescreen. If in doubt, check the techincal specs and IMDB. Of course, those aren't always perfect.
shouldn't you have said it the other way around.

"if it was made AFTER1953... or what ever the oar is.
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Originally posted by Jackskeleton
Should be linked in the F.A.Q.

Done
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Originally posted by Rypro 525
shouldn't you have said it the other way around.

"if it was made AFTER1953... or what ever the oar is.
Uhh... Me am from Bizzarro World.

Hello, Rypro, hello.
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