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The 1998 DVD release of "The Sting" was not a "pan-and-scan" treatment -- as incorrectly stated (still!) in the amazon.com listing for it -- but the whole, uncut film image, presented as intended by the director and cinematographer. George Roy Hill and Robert Surtees shot it as a 1.33:1 (4:3) film, and intended it to be seen in theaters that way. But the studio chickened out, thinking that people wouldn't want to see a 1.33:1 film 19 years after widescreen revolutionized the moviegoing experience in 1954, so they matted it into 1.85:1 widescreen and altered the cinematographer's craft and the director's intent. Not good!
I used to call myself a "widescreen fan," but what I have really always been is a "cinematography purist," or an "as the director intended" fan of filmed images. Virtually all "widescreen fans" of home video releases really are "cinematography purists" like me. Embrace yourself and your label, and embrace 4:3 if a film called for it!
Many 1.85:1 widescreen films are shot in 4:3, with the full intention by the director and cinematographer to matte them into 1.85:1 format for theatrical release. So they shoot scenes accordingly, not worrying too much about the very top and very bottom of the images in the camera eye, because they will be matted away. What is different here is that "The Sting" was meant to remain a 4:3 film in the theaters, and so was shot accordingly, with Surtees' full use of the 4:3 frame. If you matte it, you lose parts of the intended images, which detracts from the overall experience, and for some films this means ruin.
If you are a film fan, you want to see what the director intended you to see, don't you?Read more ›
If you buy this disc, you will not be disappointed.
Gondorf: Luther didn't tell me you had a big mouth.
Hooker: He didn't tell me you was a f**k-up, neither.
The perfect timing of the exchange is blown to bits by the dubbed in line, "He didn't tell me you was a screw-up, neither," which has neither the delivery nor the comic impact of Redford's original. Even if it meant getting the film re-rated, this movie deserved better treatment. Why a company would go the all the effort of restoring a classic, award-winning film, then leave in a clumsy, laugh-robbing dub like this, is a complete mystery to me.
Other than this one cringing moment, it's a true gem.
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I had seen this years ago and remembered it as being very fast moving and fun. I was delighted on seeing it again that I was not wrong. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Voracious Reader
What a fantastic movie. I had no idea this existed, and now it is one of my favorites!Published 5 days ago by Vernon Huff
very good acting by all the key players....good entertainmentPublished 8 days ago by Jerome G. Pavlov
Loved seeing this movie again!!!! The bonus extras were wonderful to watch! Highly enjoyable!Published 16 days ago by Jade
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