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This review is from: Raymond Briggs' The Snowman (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
The Snowman was, and still is, a fantastic animation for Christmas, and until last year, was shown in it's original aspect ratio of 4x3.However, with this being the digital age, somebody has taken it upon themselves to convert this classic into widescreen, by brutally cutting off the top and bottom of the screen. This leaves many scenes with heads and faces missing, and in the flying scene, the Snowman and the boy are nowhere to be seen. Beware of this so-called special edition - get the version bundled with the other Raymond Brigg's tale Father Christmas, which is presented in it's original aspect ratio.
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2012 20:16:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Dec 2012 02:14:14 GMT
Dr. John Hamilton says:
These days producers and distributors can't seem to look at a classic without wanting to 'improve' it in some way (*sigh*).
Anyhoo, I thought I'd post up here that if anyone is looking for a DVD of The Snowman with the original Raymond Briggs intro and with the 4:3 aspect ratio (i.e. as it was originally shown, with no alterations), then here's the link: Snowman [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
It's a Region 1, so you'll need a multi-region DVD player - or you'll need to hack your existing DVD player to make it multi-region (which is easily done - enter your make and model followed by "region hack" into Google).
Update: At the time of writing, this is no longer available from Amazon.co.uk, but enter the ASIN (B000HIVIOW) into the Amazon.com website, and you can get it from the States.
Posted on 9 Dec 2012 20:17:17 GMT
Do NOT buy this DVD if it has an "aspect ratio" of 16:9. It is available at the correct ratio of 4:3 on the compilation DVD with "Father Christmas". I notice the latest version - the 30th Anniversary version - is 16:9. Why? It's wrong. Words fail me.
Posted on 30 Dec 2012 01:45:35 GMT
Quite why an aspect ratio of 4:3 should be considered correct astounds me ... it was shown in 4:3 as that was the only format available for TVs - the film was produced on FILM not video tape - so it can be properly remastered and shown as it SHOULD have been shown.
There are several sections of the flying sequence that dont involve the boy or snowman so you are mistaken to say they've been cropped out. I have both the 4:3 and the remastered 16:9 versions and have watched them side by side and there is no cropping on the 16:9 - quite the opposite in fact and extra detail is revealed in this new version. The picture is crisper and cleaner I'd wholly recommend it over the 4:3 versions.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 01:50:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Dec 2012 02:13:10 GMT
Dr. John Hamilton says:
The 16:9 I've seen was very obviously cropped. (A little online research shows that some people are complaining that the recent 30th Anniversary blu-ray is also cropped - can't verify this as I don't have a copy.) Could you provide a link to the 16:9 version on DVD or blu-ray which, you are saying, is not cropped? That would be extremely useful, because then I can check it out for myself. Cheers.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 15:51:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Dec 2012 15:52:01 GMT
It was made in 1982 for Channel 4 when television was broadcast at 4:3 ratio. Simple.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 16:13:02 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2013 22:00:23 GMT
A Davies says:
I think you need to go to Specsavers, Markie. I paused the two versions side by side, and the cropping is abundantly clear in 16:9... A good example is the bathroom scene, where it loses two wall tiles in one angle, and half the mother's head in another. Yes what you see is beautifully detailed thanks to a great DVD transfer, but it's not the full picture and I think a hand-drawn film like The Snowman deserves to be seen properly.
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