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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop whining about "full screen"!, December 17, 2004
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This review is from: The Sting (Full Screen Edition) (DVD)
Please stop whining about this DVD's aspect ratio. It's not "full-screen." It's widescreen with the original top and bottom sections restored.
According to film historian David P. Hayes, THE STING was filmed in 4:3 (equivalent to "full-screen") ratio because director George Roy Hill wanted it to look like an old movie. The studio (and/or the exhibitors) apparently had second thoughts about it, though, so theatrically-released prints had the top and bottom sections blocked ("matted") to fit the widescreen format.
What you see on this DVD is not "pan and scan" (with missing left and right content), but the original format with the top and bottom restored.
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Initial post: Feb 25, 2008 5:15:03 PM PST
thanks a million for the info explaining the full screen/widescreen "controversy" I always avoided buying this dvd for just that reason but your explaination made so much sense. it also explains why the graininess in the widescreen version as some reviewers complained about. there had to be some zooming effect from increasing the picture size. thanks

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 9:55:27 AM PST
Regardless of what aspect ratio it was originally shot in, the full-screen version is indeed pan

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2008 1:36:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2008 1:37:45 PM PST
"The Sting" was indeed shot in full-screen. The studio did indeed chop off the top and bottom. This edition, however, is *not* the restored original. It is a pan-and-scan of the widescreen which is an edit of the original.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2010 12:28:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2011 11:25:13 PM PDT
A Customer says:
Thank you Marcus Aurelius Hayes and popculturemaven! Who would have thought the studio would mislead us? Some people prefer the original "full screen", and some people prefer the pan & scan of the theatrical wide screen. Someone's trying to cut production costs by selling the same product as both versions.

I'd like to watch this movie again, but my anger over this controversy wouldn't allow me to suspend disbelief and enjoy the movie. Especially when some half-informed rube is telling me to stop whining.
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