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2.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Spanish edition instead!, 27 Oct. 2011
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"4 x 3 Letterbox" says the official description of this edition of Fleischer's mini-classic, along with some flannel about the best prints available. I don't know about you, but as far as I am concerned academy ratio is NOT a letterbox format, unless painfully cropped top and bottom to the wider 16:9 shape. This is a film which has been shown just as disgracefully on UK TV and which cries out to be seen in proper ratio; anything else completely destroys the rich mise-en-scene. My advice is to buy the Spanish edition also to be found on this site, as at least the all-important letterboxing appears present and correct there. After all, why would you want to compromise, especially at these prices?
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2011 22:32:48 GMT
RJL says:
This DVD, issued by Twilight Time, has the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The image is not as sharp as it should be, but it is quite as good as the Spanish PAL issue.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2011 16:55:19 GMT
Many thanks, that might save a few bob!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2014 22:15:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2014 22:23:21 GMT
got this from France and it is 4.5* rating for picture & sound in corect ratio 2.35 widescreen

Posted on 15 Jan 2014 22:22:47 GMT
My version from France is anamorphic 2.35 widesreen and is stunning for this older movie. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 for picture and sound.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 18:45:51 BDT
Ditto Kiwi's take on image quality. I,too, have the French Blu-ray and it has excellent picture and sound. It is 2.35 as Kiwi says, but not "anamorphic" since Blu-rays are not anamorphic to start with. That term applies to DVDs that stretch previously letterboxed images to fill a 16x9 screen. Both Blu-rays and anamorphic DVDs will therefore be letterboxed, but only the DVD will be anamorphic. You could think this is only a semantic issue, but it really isn't. Anamorphic stretching - and this goes for theatrical projection of CinemaScope as well - loses some image quality in the doing of it. High-definition video doesn't, because it doesn't stretch anything. Just something to think about.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2014 00:09:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Apr 2014 00:09:47 BDT
Anamorphic has got nothing to do with 16x9 screens.Submariines had a periscope that had a anamorphic lense that when looking at the surface for enemy ship was 4x3 and the viewer was anamorphic so that when seen below pushed the image down and out to 2.20. Today Panavision has been using these lenses by the studios for decades. There is no stretching just down and out. Look at a anamorphic movie on 4x3 mode and you will see that they are long and skinny. So it has nothing to do with letterboxiing or stretching. Look in the dictionary for the meaning of anamorphic
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