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.