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Steven Soderbergh on Aspect Ratios 
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Post Steven Soderbergh on Aspect Ratios
Steven Soderbergh's thoughts on aspect ratios and how cable channels (like HBO) mess them up. Unfortunately, the original article has been inaccessible for days, so the link takes you to a Google cached version (you might have to scroll down a bit).

I particularly enjoyed this quote:
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No, I’m not forgetting the original, “golden” ratio of 1.33:1, it’s just that no one uses it anymore except the pretentious assholes who made The Good German.


Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:24 am
Post Re: Steven Soderbergh on Aspect Ratios
Good op-ed piece. I recently purchased an HD television and found it meaningless that Artificial Intelligence: AI (1.85 : 1) looked exactly the same as Lawrence of Arabia (2.35 : 1). Soderbergh is right: this is the same thing that happened when videotapes were available only in the pan and scan format. Some of the shots in LoA are huuuuuuuge -- I didn't tune in long enough to notice that a good percentage of the frame had been cropped. 16:9, 4:3... meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. I hope this gets rectified.


Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:26 am
Post Re: Steven Soderbergh on Aspect Ratios
majoraphasia wrote:
Good op-ed piece. I recently purchased an HD television and found it meaningless that Artificial Intelligence: AI (1.85 : 1) looked exactly the same as Lawrence of Arabia (2.35 : 1). Soderbergh is right: this is the same thing that happened when videotapes were available only in the pan and scan format. Some of the shots in LoA are huuuuuuuge -- I didn't tune in long enough to notice that a good percentage of the frame had been cropped. 16:9, 4:3... meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. I hope this gets rectified.



Yeah, back in the day i was one of the people campaigning for OAR.

I agree that 2.35 cropped to 1.78 is bad, but cropped to 1.33 it was plain awful.

I saw a post on here a few days ago from someone hating black bars on the widescreen TV and actually wanting films to be recomposed to fit his/her screen!

Rob


Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:35 am
Post Re: Steven Soderbergh on Aspect Ratios
He makes an excellent point by mentioning that directors should take more of an interest in the way their movies are being shown. It's their creation after all. I guess some of them just don't care how the movie looks when it goes to television.


Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:59 pm
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