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sir_captain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-26-07 06:44 PM
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11. You've got it mostly right
In fact, the 35mm film he used for all his films except for 2001 is actually a 4:3 ratio, so that is what was exposed. But he did frame the shots for a widescreen ratio (either 1.78:1 or 1.85:1) by literally taping some pieces of cardboard over the viewfinder of his cameras so that he could only see the wide image.

In terms of why his films have been presented on television in the 4:3 format, it's because he hated pan and scan and didn't want to have his films have anything cut off of them. So his compromise was to essentially take off the pieces of cardboard and show portions of the film exposed above and below the theatrically projected image. This is why you can see a boom mike and the helicopter shadow in The Shining, for instance.

And then he died before DVDs and widescreen TVs became prevalent, so it took his estate a while to decide that he would have wanted his films shown properly which is why it has taken until now.

I miss him too--he really was a genius.
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  -The New Stanley Kubrick Remasters: Anyone seen them? Mike03  Oct-26-07 05:08 PM   #0 
  - hey...  darkstar   Oct-26-07 05:31 PM   #1 
  - That sounds exciting.  Mike03   Oct-26-07 05:53 PM   #3 
  - They took the big hair out of the bone toss scene?  gmoney   Oct-26-07 07:01 PM   #15 
  - Already got most of his films.  edbermac   Oct-26-07 05:38 PM   #2 
  - That's sort of how I feel, except  Mike03   Oct-26-07 05:55 PM   #4 
     - I actually checked on this  sir_captain   Oct-26-07 06:21 PM   #7 
        - Interesting  Mike03   Oct-26-07 06:37 PM   #10 
           - You've got it mostly right  sir_captain   Oct-26-07 06:44 PM   #11 
              - Wow, thank you  Mike03   Oct-26-07 06:49 PM   #13 
                 - Yeah, that's a tough one  sir_captain   Oct-26-07 06:55 PM   #14 
                    - I'm sure EWS was pretty well set when he died.  edbermac   Oct-27-07 03:16 PM   #22 
                       - Well, you've got your opinion, and I've got mine  sir_captain   Oct-27-07 06:18 PM   #23 
                          - Combative? I thought I was just being informative.  edbermac   Oct-27-07 06:55 PM   #24 
                             - Actually  sir_captain   Oct-27-07 07:14 PM   #25 
  - I'm surprised they haven't released Barry Lyndon as part of that series...  regnaD kciN   Oct-26-07 06:12 PM   #5 
  - Barry Lyndon is incredibly remarkable  Mike03   Oct-26-07 06:16 PM   #6 
  - My take so far  sir_captain   Oct-26-07 06:23 PM   #8 
  - Dumb question  Mike03   Oct-26-07 06:24 PM   #9 
  - You need two things  sir_captain   Oct-26-07 06:48 PM   #12 
     - I'd be happy to hear your specific recommendations  Mike03   Oct-26-07 07:24 PM   #16 
        - Yeah, both  sir_captain   Oct-26-07 07:34 PM   #17 
           - Thank you  Mike03   Oct-26-07 07:45 PM   #18 
              - Ah, yes  sir_captain   Oct-26-07 07:55 PM   #19 
  - Very cool!  AntiFascist   Oct-27-07 04:10 AM   #21 
  - What about Dr. Strangelove and Lolita?  Perragrande   Oct-27-07 03:01 AM   #20 

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