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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed that the later seasons are not in widescreen as were originally broadcast, 18 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Gilmore Girls - Complete Season 1-7 [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this box set for my wife as a gift, and although she didn't seem to mind, I was disappointed and rather baffled to find out that the later seasons - which were broadcast in widescreen - are in 4x3 here. Looking on the packaging some seasons state they are 4x3 and some 16x9, but upon checking everything is 4x3, therefore cutting the left and right side of the picture off. Very poor and surely unnecessary...
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2014 23:52:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jun 2014 00:00:19 BDT
P. Stark says:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238784/technical

The IMDB says the intended ratio WAS 1.33:1.

Coming from a 16mm film master I can believe that would be the case.

Warner Brothers used to prepare broadcast masters for 1.77:1/1.78:1 16:9 widescreen & 1.33:1 traditional 4:3 presentation in the early days of transitioning to the WS television format.

When you see images side-by-side the composition of shots is more pleasing to the eye in 1.33:1 format.

It is actually the WIDESCREEN one that is cropped severely on the vertical axis (top & bottom). The extra image offered horizontally often serves no purpose. It's sort of a 'safe area' at the sides outside of the field of view required to really optimise the viewing experience.

Please remember Warner have also cropped 4:3 programming like 1970's martial arts drama Kung Fu and put that out on DVD in a faux 1.77:1 16:9 format.

Fox did the same thing with Joss Whedon's Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. Whedon himself had intended 1.33:1 not widescreen. There is a note from him inside the season 4 Region 1 DVD boxed set explaining why the ENTIRE SERIES was filmed with 4:3 1.33:1 presentation in mind. The later UK sets are 16:9 but the American ones are all correctly presented in 4:3 format.

Based on this the 16:9 version IS the cropped Gilmore Girls and if the complete DVD set is all in 4:3 1.33:1 based on the IMDB technical data I'd be happy to say this was correct & not the widescreen broadcast version.

My favourite example of framing was when James Cameron used two coloured outlines to follow a scene in Terminator 2 highlighting both 2.35:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 pan & scan. The image was shown open-matte (thus showing the entire image captured on the film) and as the scene played you could see the composition of both versions play out. The widescreen version showed a great deal more image to the left and right but the 4:3 version had more at the top and bottom. Not quite the same thing as I've mentioned re Gilmore Girls but I think you get the point.

I think you'd prefer an open-matte version showing everything with no cropping at all!

But if the IMDB is to be trusted 1.33:1 is as intended for Gilmore Girls (all seasons).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/widescreen/forum/Fx1JA4RSRESH7VF/Tx3V0FM4URV5SSJ/1/ref=cm_cd_ef_rt_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B0058N2SRC
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