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Just wondering if anyone else in Canada has had the SD signal for TCM rendered unwatchable by reformatting that now stretches the image to the sides of my 16X9 TV. The change happened at 10 a.m. ET last Thursday, 17 minutes into Calamity Jane (my DVR caught the exact moment the 1953 film went from regular square Academy ratio to a horizontally stretched "windowboxed" picture that squeezes the image from top to bottom. I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and my cable provider Eastlink noted the problem when I phoned them, but told me the issue was present in the signal they were receiving by satellite, so (according to them) the issue lies further up the chain. I haven't heard back from them since then, nearly a week later, and the problem remains, although other SD channels look the way they always have. No amount of playing with the settings in my cable box/DVR can change this, and there was no change made to the unit at the time of the format change from regular to squeezed last Thursday. Hope I'm not alone in noticing this! TCM is pretty much the only reason I still have cable, so you'd think it would be in their best interest to fix this...
I have noticed lately that TCM HD is showing films shot in 1.33 in a cropped version. Example: this morning's showing of 42ND STREET. This is not a good trend. TCM used to pride themselves on showing films in their original aspect ratios. I realize that sometimes you are at the mercy of your sources, but this is not a good trend. Here is a shot of this morning's broadcast.
Re: SUBTITLES SOMETIMES GET CUT OFF FROM THE BOTTOM EDGE -- for example: TCM will air AND GOD CREATED WOMAN today (8-23-16, 6:15pm Eastern), & while the print may appear fine, the formatting of the broadcast somehow cuts off the lower edge of the image and renders unreadable any subtitles of greater than 1 line. I personally witnessed the issue with the Mar 2016 airing. (And no, it wasn't simply that my TV was set on the wrong screen ratio. No possible choice of screen settings recovered the missing edge. The image simply didn't broadcast fully) ... Evidently TCM didn't see this same complaint by past TCM reviewers: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/67302/And-God-Created-Woman/user-reviews.html (Perhaps the broadcast slightly enlarges the image, but somehow the lower edge is cropped off.) And it's happened with other films, like PEPPERMINT FRAPPE starring Geraldine Chaplin... I sent an email yesterday about this but perhaps this forum will get quicker attention. (Sure would be nice to see the Bardot movie this time.)
An upcoming showing of this often neglected film is getting showed tonight, which delights me though I am also worried about the showing aspect ratio. Recently, there was controversy over the intended aspect ratio for the film, with the recently Blu-Ray edition of the film being cropped to 1;78, while a letter director Stanley Kubrick sent to theatre owners showed his vision was to be projected on a 1;66 aspect ratio. Does anyone on this forum have inside knowledge of tonight presentation?