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Steve Kraus
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The director's cut reissue (wasn't it his cut all along? [Confused] ) of George Lucas' THX-1138 includes a D-Cinema version which I saw last night. Looked decent enough. With the tiny 2-perf o-neg DLP projection is probably not a limitation as it didn't look much different than other D-cinemas show's I've seen and (of course) sharper than something shot in [dlp] like Episode 2.

This particular venue (AMC River East 21, Chicago, screen 4) had significant side cropping of their Scope DLP image (enough to crop some credits).

Mid movie things looked quite soft for about a minute or two. Maybe just the source although I would think with Techniscope you'd always have at least sharp grain. Do DLP projectors ever go out of focus as the optics warm up?

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John Pytlak
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quote: Steve Kraus
Mid movie things looked quite soft for about a minute or two. Maybe just the source although I would think with Techniscope you'd always have at least sharp grain. Do DLP projectors ever go out of focus as the optics warm up?

Would anyone actually try to adjust focus during a presentation? Someone accidently bumped the lens and had to refocus?

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Steve Kraus
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Someone else who was there didn't notice anything out of focus so perhaps that's just how the "film" looked.

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Matt Kleiber
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We had the same problem at Eden Prairie 18 in Minnesota. It wasn't extremely serious but I found it annoying.

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Paul Konen
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Steve, I don't think that I ever had focus drift during the show. And I turn the bulb off between shows. Sounds like a source issue to me.

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Steve Kraus
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Yes, or the eyes of the beholder. [Eek!]

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Tim Reed
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quote: Steve Kraus
The director's cut reissue (wasn't it his cut all along?
Haha! I've always maintained that, unless he's pulled off the picture or otherwise leaves, it's always a director's cut!

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Steve Kraus
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Well, not really. If the distributor is insisting on a cut under so many minutes or must achieve some classification rating, or there simply isn't enough time to do the job well, or the producer is pulling rank and wants it cut a certain way...or or or or. Just because the director didnt walk or get fired doesn't necessarily mean that the film is fully what he wanted. Life is full of compromises.

This was early in Lucas' career so I don't know if what came out originally was what he wanted. I've only seen clips before so don't know what, if anything, was different.

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