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NOT ENHANCED FOR 16X9 TELEVISIONS,
This review is from: Lolita (DVD)
As much as I appreciate a new release of this classic film, I am at a loss to understand why they would give it a widescreen treatment and not enhance it for widescreen televisions. All of the two-disc special editions in the new Kubrick boxed set are enhanced, and yet this one (not part of the set, but released at the same time) is not. If you're a Lolita fan you should stick with the original 1:33 version. This one will only frustrate you.
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Initial post: Oct 24, 2007 9:57:14 AM PDT
Matt Lafleur says:
Did you actually get the DVD? Or did you just read this? Damn..I just ordered these...I dont want it non anamorphic.. What is up with all the mistakes with these Kubrick DVDs.
Posted on Oct 24, 2007 4:43:58 PM PDT
Mathew Zarolinski says:
The reason both Lolita and Barry Lyndon are not included in the new box set is that they have not been touched up at all. These are same versions that were previously available in the old set (Lolita was not in 1.33:1, it was just a non-anamorphic 1.66:1). The only difference is the style of the case. As for the mistake on the Eyes Wide Shut DVD, who cares if they didn't include the U.S. R-Rated version. There's absolutely nothing different about the cut, just a few ham fisted digital edits that never would have happened if Kubrick had lived to see its theatrical release.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2007 6:50:06 PM PDT
matt swanson says:
Yes, I purchased LOLITA at the Virgin Megastore, and as soon as I can I am going to get the original release.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2007 7:07:57 AM PST
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One-Shot Scot says:
Thanks for the warning. I looked at the back cover of _Lolita_ and noticed that Warner's "Enhanced for Widescreen TVs" motto was not to be found. Totally disgusting.
Posted on Feb 18, 2008 2:02:17 PM PST
Some Guy says:
Kubrick didn't normally shoot in anamorphic... He shot his films in 1:33:1. Normally the studio would matte it for theatrical release and the only exceptions are: Spartacus, shot in Panavision, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, shot in Cinerama. If you get any of his films in Anamorphic other than Spartacus and 2001 they are butchered hack jobs.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2011 4:11:25 PM PST
Robert Blenheim says:
Mathew, If I'm not mistaken, Kubrick agreed to the digital "retouching" in the theatrical release for what seemed practical reasons (to avoid an NC-17 which would have limited the release too much). He preferred this to cutting the shots out of the film or "recropping". (I've even heard he suggested this solution, but that story may be apocryphal.) Of course the "un-retouched" version we now have was what he desired -- so the ending is a happy one.
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