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Concern over the new blu Ray aspect ratio.August 25 2013,
This review is from: Brides Of Dracula  [DVD] (DVD)
There has been advance warning that this blu ray is not in the correct ratio (ie blu ray dot com quoting the promotional material etc) . Despite the claims of the distributor to the contrary on the Amazon product description, the film should be in 1:66 ratio NOT 2 to 1 which will remove significant image material and destabilise the composition of the frame. If some cinemas masked the print to give it a "widescreen" feel they did it in defiance of the filmmakers intention. After all the fuss about the cropped DVD release a few years ago I find it impossible to believe a company is releasing yet another incorrectly cropped version for a "specialist" fan base audience on blu ray!!! I have cancelled my pre-order and I await, with great interest, to see what the reality will be and, if the film is incorrectly cropped yet again, how film fans respond. Why is it so difficult for companies to get such things right? Looking at the latest reviews on this page it does appear as if this new blu ray is a cropped print with sections of the frame missing but in other respects a decent transfer albeit rather "grainy".Presumably those reviewers received advance copies. I still feel that after years of waiting we deserve better and that those who do purchase this product should be made aware of the aspect ratio they are bring given - for better or worse. The production history of this film was troubled to say the least with the censor demanding major changes to the plot etc at the earliest stages - it's sad indeed that even in 21century it's still a cause for controversy over what should have been a much sort after blu ray transfer.
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Initial post: 5 Mar 2008 08:03:02 GMT
Buy a multi region player and get over it, that's what I did. There are plenty of UK releases not in the US-it goes both ways.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2008 18:16:00 BDT
So true! Anyone with any sense will get a multi-region player; it's just as essential as bread!
Posted on 18 Aug 2012 00:28:38 BDT
I totally disagree, yes the aspect ratio is not the original format but it is 4:3 which has a beautiful transfer without any distortion of bad picture quality.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 06:44:21 BDT
Surely, it cannot be a good thing to encourage companies to produce DVDs in formats other than the director intended? The "reframing" of BOD gives an awkward feel to the composition of the frame. If you view the American release which arrived a few years ago you will see exactly what I mean. That is in the correct aspect ratio and both the audio and video transfer are superior to this version.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 12:08:28 BDT
The director did not intend to show his film in certain aspect ratio and probably didn't care either. In regards to "an awkward feel" I didn't notice any, the audio and transfer of this film is brilliant.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 12:26:26 BDT
"The director did not intend to show his film in certain aspect ration and didn't care either" ???
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 16:07:34 BDT
I doubt Terence Fisher said this film must only be watched in a widescreen ratio and never in another ratio. Watching in a 4:3 ratio does not detract from the enjoyment of the film.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 16:59:15 BDT
For you perhaps. Not for cineasts and people who care about cinema however.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 17:21:21 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 17:29:58 BDT
I think we will have to differ. As a producer, director, author of several books on cinema who currently has two optioned projects and two plays about to be produced - under my real name (!) I think I'm as entitled to my own opinion as you and object to being called to task over and issue over which virtually everyone who has written on this site agrees. And yes Terence would have really been angry about his film being reframed for DVD distribution when such a measure was totally unnecessary. Now this really is over and out!