- Geoff wrote:
>... I'm in total agreement with you about letter-boxingsomething that wasn't done that way. If anything, the people
responsible for the idea will go to other jobs away from
marketing because of it. To some extent, it isn't educating
people not to buying them though.
Just to be clear about it (and perhaps I wasn't in my other e-
mail regarding this)...
I didn't mean 'educating' people NOT TO BUY a particular
release (in this case, KUNG FU, which has been widescreened
from it's original full-frame, and therefore has the top and
bottom cut literally sliced away--depriving consumers of a
portion of the picture they originally saw).
What I really meant was--educating them that they're actually
being DEPRIVED of part of the picture in this particular case.
I understand the need for people with widescreen TV's to be
pleased... but there's GOT to be a better way to DO it. :)
>... its possible for a DVD to be sold combining both formatstogether without duplicating the product on the disk leaving
both options open depending what TV you own.
If this is true, then it would be a viable solution.
Don't get me wrong. I 'supported' the KUNG FU release, and
purchased it myself. Did I LIKE what I was buying? Not any
more than I liked buying full-screen films of my favorite
movies BEFORE letterboxed editions were available. But if
it's the ONLY way to get it... then I'll buy.
- Hi Jim: The discussion about letterboxing reminds me of the time I
was in a Blockbuster Video a few years ago.
A customer walked in with a tape he rented. It was a widescreen
version of a movie which also had an alternate pan-and-scan version.
He complained that the widescreen tape "only showed half the
picture." The girl at the counter said nothing and exchanged the
widescreen rental tape for the pan-and-scan version. The customer
left happy, not considering that he traded a movie version which gave
him the entire picture for one that truly only gave him half the
After the customer left, I asked the girl if they get that a lot, and
she said once in awhile it happens. People don't stop and consider
the difference in aspect ratio between a rectangular theatrical movie
screen and a more square TV screen. She added that film students and
collectors know the difference very well, but that Joe Sixpack hasn't
I also recall some of the older Disney animated features were
designed for some of the more square movie screens of the time. When
widescreen became more common later, re-releases of many of the
earlier Disney films physically cut out the top and bottom of the
image to make a "fake widescreen" release of an old Disney movie.
The fact was the audience was being cheated out of nearly half the
image, yet they were led to believe they were getting more. Sounds
like they're doing a similar thing today with the release of the TV
version of KUNG FU, etc. There's gotta be a better way. :-)