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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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