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1.0 out of 5 stars 4.3 to 16.9 and you loose one third of the image, 15 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Brain Damage [DVD] (DVD)
this film gets 1 star that's just for the quality its very nice picture, Now its meant to be an uncut version, so why did they crop away the 4.3 to make it 16.9 this has resulted in a destruction of this classic film that was never filmed in widescreen, buy it if you wish but you loose one third of the picture top and bottom.

this dumb behavior happens time and time again, check before you buy any old films that are as if by magic now a widescreen release, another one of note is the latest release of the world at war, destroyed buy cropping from 4.3 to 16.9

p.s i have checked this release against a 4.3 version and it has been cropped with no extra footage gained from widescreen, just a loss of a third of the picture, I have contacted the company that makes this release and I am still waiting for any reply, if they ever do reply with useful information i shall post it here
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Initial post: 18 Apr 2011 23:13:06 BDT
you will find that the reframing has gained some width to the picture but has lost some off the top. Most 4.3 - 16.9 reframes have gained extra image to the sides, thishappened in the evil dead a few yrs back especially.

Posted on 30 Apr 2011 00:01:32 BDT
Chris Cox says:
according to frank hennenlotter, some of the footage was lost to the original studio
whom helped finance the filming. approximately 4 to 6 minutes got destroyed somehow.
if you listen to the audio commentary track very carefully he admits to this.

juat so you know, this film is a slick horror alligory about the dangerous affects of the
mind altering drug LSD-25 and yes this film was originally filmed in fullscreen, yet the original vhs tape is only 82 minutes in ntsc.

i live in the united states and the synapse print of this film is remastered in very high grade stereo and completely uncensored. yet the european cover is much better.
i really wish frank hennenlotter would get back to making horror films. he is/was so unique. brain damage and frankenhooker being his best works.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012 22:02:12 BDT
stupik says:
This movie was originally shot at 1.85:1.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2012 19:54:56 GMT
Chris Cox says:
seriously?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2014 19:17:25 BDT
tarallems says:
re This movie was originally shot at 1.85:1.
if that is the case its a shame they never used a true widescreen for this release instead of cropping a 4.3 version

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2015 07:41:59 GMT
J. Pauley says:
Once again tarralems, you are wrong. Intended aspect ratio for this film is widescreen and the disc is correct.

See here for explanation of open matte shooting and reasons for unmatted 4:3 (incorrect) versions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_matte
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