by HELEN GEIB
This month on Photo Play: journeying to new beginnings
Last Week: Into the West (1992)
Coming Next: Dr. No (1962)
*gasp* O_O; An Otto Preminger film starring Robert Mitchum that I hadn’t watched?! I gotta see this!
I’ve always been very fond of this movie, even way back when I’d only seen it on TV in pan-and-scan, which, obviously, completely destroyed Preminger’s widescreen compositions.
Long ago on a family vacation in Quebec we were channel surfing and came across it dubbed in French. Oddly, it was less disconcerting to hear Marilyn Monroe speaking French than Robert Mitchum. A French-speaking Mitchum was as bizarre as it sounds.
I’m a nut for original language and original aspect ratio (OAR). If it was shot in 2.35:1 I expect to see the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen; if it was shot in 1.85:1 I expect to have the entire screen filled (I have a 42″ flat screen), with slight exception for 1:78.1 and 1.77:1; if’s it’s 1.66:1 or 1.33:1 I expect black bars on the left and right sides of the screen. It’s that simple. If I watch something and the OAR seems fishy to me I find that film on IMDB, or elsewhere on the internet, and I find out what its OAR is. If my version is the wrong version then I turn it off and find the right version, which can take days or weeks.
I tried Netflix for 30 days, because it was free, and for some reason all the films that stated HD were in SD and some of them were in full screen. *sigh*
As for foreign language films: bring on the subs! I read quickly and I like having the actors’ lips match the audio. lol
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