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3.0 out of 5 stars This Title Is NOT Pan And Scan, February 27, 2009
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This review is from: Ironweed (DVD)
Before everyone freaks out about the aspect ratio, be aware that this film was shot flat and hard matted at 1.85:1 for its theatrical run (I know because I was a projectionist who ran it back in '87). In a nutshell, this means that it was shot at 1.33:1 and then shown with an aperture plate cutting off the top and bottom so it fit the theatre screen.

The version on this DVD is full frame. There are doubtlessly small bits of the sides cut off, but much more is shown at the top and bottom. Is this the way the director intended it to be seen? I don't know (some directors such as Kubrick preferred full frame). I'd be happier knowing what Hector Babenco's thoughts were on the release, but at least the film's not a 2.35:1 pic that really IS pan and scan and missing lots of peripheral info.

And more importantly, I'm happy to have the damn film in ANY ratio on DVD finally.
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Initial post: Mar 5, 2009 12:40:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2009 12:50:30 AM PST
The "Ironweed" DVD looks so unprofessional. I think there should be another release with the picture cropped if that what it takes to get the 1.85 ratio and have the credits all in view. The picture and sound quality is none better than a standard VHS copy would offer. This was certainly a poor decision on someone's part and needs to be corrected. Shame on the production manager at Lyons Gate Films Inc.
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