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Old 12-15-05, 03:51 PM
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What does "This feature is presented in the full aspect ratio of the original" mean?

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??

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These are the only versions available. Kubrick prefered Full Frame (or Open Matte) on some of his films.

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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.

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Thanks alot!!

I just wanted to make sure I didn't get foolscreen versions thinking they were a good deal for 5.50
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Originally Posted by ginster
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?
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon
Uhhh... but...

Didn't you?
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon
Uhhh... but...

Didn't you?
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.
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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
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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.
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when inhd showed eyes wide shut in hd
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