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DVD and blu-ray release widescreen (top and bottom cut off) - otherwise fantastic
on 6 March 2012
I grew up with Tintin books, and these films come pretty close to the unique, almost magical feeling of the stories, and the artwork.
However, in this edition, in DVD as well as blu-ray, the series is not presented in the 4:3 (1.33:1) aspect ratio, the way they were originally broadcase, but in 16:9 widescreen, for which the top and bottom of the image were removed.
This feels even worse than the former habit of cutting widescreen into 4:3 format in the early days of home video.
This gives the compositions a cramped, claustrophobic feeling, with not enough headroom, with parts of the heads cut off. The compositions were very well thought-out, in fact, often, the original compositions from the books were directly transposed. But this gets lost here. On back of the DVD box it says, the aspect ratio is full frame, 4:3. The episodes, however are not. I will contact amazon about this, that they must clearly indicate the 16:9 aspect ratio, for the DVDs in particular.
The box, by the way, is stunning, with the image of Tintin and his dog rendered in 3D via holograph. Moreover, the the quality of the DVDs is so fantastic, that I first thought, I must have been sent the blu-rays in a dvd box, hence the cropping. But they are the DVDs alright, in excellent image and sound quality.
I recommend this set, if you are not bothered by the cropping of the image. The price is a real bargain.
Update 9 March 2012: I contacted amazon about this misrepresentation of the aspect ratio, and they consequently corrected this error. I'll leave my review up for a while, because that vital information in not desplayed in the product details, but further down in the product.
Amazon's reaction to my complaint was excemplary. Amazon.co.uk and amazon.com are my favorite stores - they've never let me down, and in case of a problem, communication is always excellent, and they always offer a satisfying solution.