OK, in the age of HD TV, this term is becoming a bit distorted. Does the term 'full screen' here apply to standard (old-school) TV's (which would make it 'pan-n-scan'), or full screen in terms of widescreen TVs...in which case the aspect ratio remains basically unaltered?
Although I originally saw movie at the theater, I don't recall the aspect ratio (I hadn't even heard the term "aspect ratio" when it was released 20 years ago!). But looking at the listing for it on IMDb it shows it as 1:33. Apparently the director chose to film it in what is now considered full screen rather than wide screen which means that it will have black bars on the sides when viewed on a wide screen TV. It will not be pan and scan as it will be in the format in which it was released at the theater.
IMDb indicates that this great film was shot in widescreen (1.85:1). Consequently, if indeed this release is in a fullscreen (1.33:1) ratio, it is a pan and scan version. I would wait for the widescreen version, although it is also quite possible that the "fullscreen" claim in amazon.com's "product details" is incorrect. I would actually bet that amazon got it wrong.
I pre-ordered the DVD and it arrived today. It is definitely full screen, not OAR. I saw this in a theater 20 years ago when it was first released, it was definitely wide screen. My guess is that Lions Gate just dusted off their old VHS transfer and stuck it out on DVD.
Thanks for the information Neil. I sort of anticipated that such was the case because I asked a fellow who was selling this DVD in a PAL (Region 2) version, and he told me that it was full screen. Too bad; I hope that someone else (maybe Criterion) will pick it up and give us the widescreen version someday.
You're quite right, IMDb has changed the aspect ratio from 1:33 to 1:85 in tech. specs. since I last looked at the site. So apparently this film was widescreen when released and my many viewings of the VHS release have dulled my memory. I have since received the copy I ordered and am sad to report that this great movie has been treated very shabbily by Lionsgate. I had hoped for a digitally remastered, Dolby 5.1 version with the original theatrical aspect ratio and am disappointed to find that it's no more than the VHS version transferred to DVD. Shameful!