From: Freya (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Aug 09 2006 - 12:07:07 PDT
--- Mark Toscano <email suppressed> wrote:
> Sunrise, Four Sons, and other early Fox Movietone
> films were shot in Movietone aspect ratio, which was
> basically silent ratio with an optical track slapped
> over the side of it, changing it from 1.33:1 to
> something like 1.19:1. "M" and a number of European
> productions were also shot in this ratio.
So this ratio would be the same as filming with a
scope gate and flat lenses?
> ratio anymore (not having the lenses or plates), so
> they released it widely in a Scope version which
> matted and squeezed the 1.37 image on a 2.35 Scope
> frame, with black matting on the sides, so theatres
Surely this is slightly bonkers! Wouldn't it be better
to matte it to a 1:1.85 frame as that is closer in
Interestingly, this would suggest that Nickys idea
might be too difficult to make work in practice. :(
Otherwise surely they would just matte it onto a scope
apeture with extra black and project through flat
lenses themselves? Then again maybe they thought the
configuration would be too wierd for the average
multiplex to cope with.
> Wizard of Oz, for its 60th anniversary the same
> matted a 1.37 image on a 1.85 frame, another
You see this seems more sane, I mean the aspect ratio
choices, not re-releasing the wizard of oz, which is
obviously a bad idea.
As an aside, this is what is wrong with the world,
they go to all this trouble to re-release the wizard
of oz which we have all seen, probably countless
times, even if not by choice, and yet they are not
making multiple prints of Lucifer Rising for
> Anyway, it's kind of amusing to discuss Wizard of Oz
> and Gone With the Wind on Frameworks.
Mark, I think you have a sick sense of humour.
No offense or anything. ;)
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