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Michael Brown
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 - posted 06-26-2002 12:24 PM      Profile for Michael Brown   Email Michael Brown   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
There is a comparison page Here. which images from both version overlayed onto each other.

Looks like Columbus had a lot of problems with Boom Mikes beging low down in the Suber 35 frame. Since the 4:3 transfer has a lot less width than the 2.35:1 transfer.

Especially this one. Almost looks like what you would espect from an Anamorpic film not one shot Super 35.

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John Pytlak
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 - posted 06-26-2002 01:12 PM      Profile for John Pytlak   Author's Homepage   Email John Pytlak   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Some more links:

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Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Rochester, New York, 14650-1922 USA
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Greg Anderson
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 - posted 06-26-2002 01:35 PM      Profile for Greg Anderson   Author's Homepage   Email Greg Anderson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You can find plenty of examples of "flat" movies which show more on the 4:3 video version than they did in the 1.85 theatrical version. So the commonly-used term "pan and scan" isn't really correct. Meanwhile, it is a myth that all Super 35 movies when transfered to 4:3 video show more than what was seen in the theatrical version. What I can tell you, from my association with several motion picture camera operators, is that you can't compose images for two aspect ratios at once and have both compositions turn out "right." I suppose a "perfectionist" like James Cameron might want to work with each and every shot and use a combination of panning and scanning and "opening up the matte" to get what seems "right" 4:3 video, but my bet is that not many filmmakers want to put that much effort into the home video.

Bottom line, for me, is deciding which is the correct aspect ratio for a given film (and I simply assume it's the theatrical version) and stick with that when I'm looking for a video version.

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Steve Scott
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 - posted 07-01-2002 11:12 PM      Profile for Steve Scott   Email Steve Scott   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
They aren't using that far right framing for all of the 4:3 transfer I suppose? I know that both Austin Powers movies had a decent 4:3 transfer, without much panning at all, and the widescreen transfer was a 2:1 aspect ratio.

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