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March 14th, 2012
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Wow, I *really* don't like pan-and-scan cropped versions of films
Wow, I *really* don't like pan-and-scan cropped versions of films. Last night I flipped channels into Pulp Fiction, a film I know far too well. It looked wrong, too jerky, so I popped in the DVD. The Ezekiel 25:17 bit at the beginning? Jules on left, Brad in left center (in chair looking up at Jules), and in the pan-and-scan I was just looking at on Cinemax - Vincent standing in the back, putting out his cigarette and unbuttoning his coat showing that he knows exactly how Jules' speech is going to play out down to the timing and how ritualized the event is - Vincent is simply not there. He's cropped out.
This bugged me so badly I had to get up and check the DVD to confirm I wasn't imagining the visuals of the scene in question.



The following two shots were taken on the same screen, same camera and position, and as close as I could get to "blessed" in "blessed is he..." part of the Ezekiel 25:17 speech.

What the cropped version shows:



What the widescreen version looks like:



That's a lot missing.

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From:humblepie
Date:March 15th, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
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And with the stretching, his expression is completely different! This is horrible.
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From:badger
Date:March 15th, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
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There's tons of other things I could rant about, but this one I noticed and was situated where I could show the difference in a way others could see.
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From:Doug Ledford
Date:March 15th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)

Star Wars, same thing

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Talking about the original Star Wars (now Episode IV):

Luke is going through the desert looking for R2D2. He stops in a valley and goes up on a hill to get a better look. He hears something. He goes to look down from the hill at his speeder using his binoculars. In the 4:3 version, he's looking at just his speeder by itself and says "Yep, it's sand people all right" then a sand person jumps up and pummels him. In the widescreen version, he's looking through his binoculars at his speeder but there is a sand person walking around the back of it. His comment makes much more sense in the widescreen version.
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From:badger
Date:March 16th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)

Re: Star Wars, same thing

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Makes complete sense.
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