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8th March 2006 3:07  #1

Anthony Tan Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: Singapore Posts: 62
Wrong aspect ratio on Lord of War dvd
For those of you who picked up the Lord of War dvd... remember how, a few weeks ago, on the digitalbits reported on Lionsgate releasing Lord of War (a 2.40:1 aspect ratio film) on DVD cropped to fill the 1.78:1 frame. They asked the studio about it, and they said it was a decision made by the production company? Yeah... well, maybe it was the production company's fault. But now it looks like it WAS the screw-up all along. Readers are starting to report seeing new copies of Lord of War on store shelves, marked with a sticker on the back of case (over the old aspect ratio information) saying that the film is now presented in the correct 2.40:1 ratio. Upon buying and watching the new stickered disc, they report that it has indeed been quietly re-issued at the correct 2.40:1. Boy... if this is true, a LOT of folks who purchased the cropped version are going to be P**SED.

8th March 2006 3:16  #2

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Just keep the cropped version and sell it on ebay a few years later for several times the price. Happy

8th March 2006 11:25  #3

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Did they initially reformat it so that it filled the whole of a widescreen set, thus keeping the masses happy, only to reformat it when they received a lot of complaints? Or was it just a f**k up? I guess we'll never know (and in my case, care).

8th March 2006 21:11  #4

Donnie_Darko Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 352
Chris wrote: Did they initially reformat it so that it filled the whole of a widescreen set, thus keeping the masses happy, only to reformat it when they received a lot of complaints? Or was it just a f**k up? I guess we'll never know (and in my case, care).

It's a very good film,check it out,you might like it
i'll pick ip the Region 2 cause I can get it for £8 at blockbuster for the 2-discer

8th March 2006 21:59  #5

Faith Kaya Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: Netherlands Posts: 53
i really liked the movie to Happy but I don't understand how a little over crop will change anything.. :/

21st March 2006 23:04  #6

beckmen Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United States Posts: 355 Send a message via AIM to beckmen
I am pretty sure the 1.78:1 version is a matte removal print, not a cropping. You're not missing any of the picture, just getting some redundant picture information.

22nd March 2006 12:17  #7

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Ah, so they've opened the matte up rather than cropping. Explains a lot. Same thing would happen if they released 1.78:1 versions of the digital Star Wars films.

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