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Castle Keep
Castle Keep
DVD ~ Burt Lancaster
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 10.67
12 used & new from CDN$ 6.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An incredible piece of ..., July 16 2004
This review is from: Castle Keep (DVD)
Yes it's true, Columbia has released this excellent movie in pan & scan! And to make it worse, contrary to what was said by an earlier reviewer, the original aspect ratio was not 1,85:1 but the full Panavision 2,40:1 framing (that's easy to check out, because the opening credits actually are shown in widescreen on the DVD). Well, that's it, folks, what we have here is another useless disc which all movie lovers should stay away from until Columbia finally understands what customers want.
1 star because I don't have any other choice (please Amazon, make it possible to give a 'Zero star' rating!)

Custer of the West
Custer of the West
DVD ~ Robert Shaw
Offered by DVD Monkey
Price: CDN$ 29.99
11 used & new from CDN$ 3.31

3.0 out of 5 stars MGM, please keep in touch with the times!, June 3 2004
This review is from: Custer of the West (DVD)
It seems hardly acceptable that in 2004 some studios still release widescreen DVDs without 16:9 enhancement. Well, this is the flaw that will bring my rating down to 3 stars. Too bad, because this DVD is otherwise nice-looking. And - oh yes, in case you're wondering - don't let the inaccurate mention on the jacket fool you: the film is presented in its correct 70 mm 2,20:1 aspect ratio, not in 1,85:1. Please MGM, also double-check your jackets!

Airport Terminal
Airport Terminal
DVD ~ Alain Delon
Price: CDN$ 14.99
10 used & new from CDN$ 8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Universal: here goes another framing problem, Feb. 21 2004
This review is from: Airport Terminal (DVD)
Buyers beware: all transfers in this pack are fine (even the awful 'Airport 79' and its ridiculous special effects), except that there is a problem with 'Airport 75'. For some reason, the 2,35:1 anamorphic framing has not been properly handled, and as a result, the image retains a slight horizontal squeeze that can be really annoying: the 747's wings looks much too short, its wheels are not circular but oval, and all actors look unnaturally thin (especially Charlton Heston who looks like he could use some bodybuilding...)
After all the trouble we had with the 'Back to the Future" pack, this is another fine mess from Universal...

X-15
X-15
DVD ~ David McLean
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 56.50
5 used & new from CDN$ 19.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars About the aspect ratio problem, Feb. 21 2004
This review is from: X-15 (DVD)
The aspect ratio issue addressed by other reviewers is genuine: stock NASA and USAF footage was massively used in this picture, but as this was shot in the standard aspect ratio of 1,37:1, it had to be stretched horizontally to match the 2,35:1 Panavision framing used for the rest of the movie. Hence the annoying distorsion that makes all aircraft look like some giant inadvertenly stamped his foot on them. Unfortunately, this is a flaw inherent to the movie itself, and the DVD is not to blame. The basic mistake was to shoot in widescreen a movie that relied so heavily on 'external' footage.

Scarlet Letter, the
Scarlet Letter, the
DVD ~ Demi Moore
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 55.94
10 used & new from CDN$ 10.94

1.0 out of 5 stars A fully useless DVD release, July 3 2002
This review is from: Scarlet Letter, the (DVD)
I haven't seen this DVD and certainly will not. Hell, the movie was shot in a 2,35:1 aspect ratio and Buena Vista thinks it smart to release it in pan & scan only, even through they delivered a full widescreen version back in the good ol' laserdisc days.
My suggestion is to stay away from that DVD and wait for a proper widescreen release.

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