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1974 film, Aspect Ratio - it's more complicated!

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Posted by John Richardson on April 21, 2017 at 01:38:03 user Cantabrigian.

In Reply to: 1974 film 40th Anniversary Edition - Aspect Ratio posted by John Richardson on April 20, 2017 at 03:58:23:

OK, just setting off for Holly Howe!

The aspect ratio problem is not quite as I've set out above. The film seems to have been shot at 1.66:1 - so already less widescreen than a 16:9 TV. So that would explain why one ends up with black bars left and right rather than top and bottom.

I'd still question why they chose to lose so much top and bottom by zooming in further than required. And then, comparing it with earlier DVD releases, those are different again: in those, the film appears additionally, to have been squashed.

I'll post again when I've sorted out exactly what's happened.... hopefully linking to some example stills from each version.

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