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« Reply #45 on: March 30, 2013, 05:43:34 PM »

My understanding is that the Academy Aspect ratio is best for this film (as it appears on all previous home video releases). But that's not the one we're going to get. A shame somebody like Criterion couldn't have gotten this and issued the title in 2 forms . . .

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« Reply #46 on: April 08, 2013, 06:01:08 AM »

arguments contra a 16:9 AR begin here:
http://greenbriarpictureshows.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/the-shane-showdown-part-one-looks-like.html?

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« Reply #47 on: April 09, 2013, 12:02:33 PM »

Part 2: http://greenbriarpictureshows.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/the-shane-showdown-part-two-another.html

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« Reply #48 on: April 17, 2013, 08:30:17 PM »

Seems it will be released in its 1.37:1 OAR after all:

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/movies/dvd_extra_extra_shane_blu_ray_now_rRRLlr9Ts3GDyA5zhGErQP#ixzz2Qm3s1q31

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« Reply #49 on: April 18, 2013, 10:57:11 AM »

Very interesting. I wonder why they won't give us both ARs? That would be ideal and it's obvious that, except for the disc mastering, they've got both ready to go. Will it really cut that much into their profits forecast to give us two different versions of the film?

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« Reply #50 on: April 19, 2013, 01:08:55 PM »

Two would be nice, but I would probably only watch the 1.37 version, so I'm happy.

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« Reply #51 on: April 19, 2013, 03:55:17 PM »

I agree that if we can have only one version the Academy ratio is the one to have. But I am curious about the widescreen version and would love to see it.

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« Reply #52 on: April 29, 2013, 07:11:20 AM »

Bob Furmanek now has two versions of the trailer up, uncropped and cropped: http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/home/widescreen-documentation

Yeah, if I had to choose, I'd go with the Academy ratio.

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« Reply #53 on: April 29, 2013, 11:38:16 AM »

So the film would have been shot in 4:3, and the widescreen version would have the top and bottom chopped, correct? Or is it the other way around?

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« Reply #54 on: April 29, 2013, 12:31:14 PM »

It was shot for 1,37:1, but it seems after widescreen became popular when it was released that Shane was also projected with a masking of top and bottom parts. Bad idea.

I have seen this last year in Singin in the Rain. It often looked obviously awful with parts of the heads chopped off and dancing scenes without feet. Ridiculous ...

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« Reply #55 on: April 29, 2013, 12:58:07 PM »

It was shot for 1,37:1, but it seems after widescreen became popular when it was released that Shane was also projected with a masking of top and bottom parts. Bad idea.

I have seen this last year in Singin in the Rain. It often looked obviously awful with parts of the heads chopped off and dancing scenes without feet. Ridiculous ...

So the point is that the 4:3 version would show everything that widescreen version would show, plus more, correct?

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« Reply #56 on: April 29, 2013, 01:01:47 PM »

according to imdb, the negative spect ratio is 1.37:1 while the theatrical aspect ratio was 1.66:1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046303/technical?ref_=tt_dt_spec

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« Reply #57 on: April 29, 2013, 01:06:55 PM »

Bob Furmanek now has two versions of the trailer up, uncropped and cropped: http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/home/widescreen-documentation

Yeah, if I had to choose, I'd go with the Academy ratio.

After seeing that, I'm glad the 1.66 isn't included. It needs to go away imo. The Ladd Palance duel looked horrible in 1.66.

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« Reply #58 on: April 29, 2013, 01:19:43 PM »

in that case, the movie must have been awful to see in theaters, cuz if imdb is correct, the theatrical aspect ratio is 1.66:1

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« Reply #59 on: April 29, 2013, 02:20:47 PM »

So the point is that the 4:3 version would show everything that widescreen version would show, plus more, correct?

Yes, but that is also correct for nearly all 1,85:1 and 1,66:1 aspect ratios. Question is for which intended aspect ratio the images were composed. Normally for the widescreen aspect ratio to be shown in theatres, not for the full screen one which formerly often was used for TV and Home Video.

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