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Finally TCM showed a CinemaScope title in pan and scan.. too bad.


Chauncey
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Been following TCM's movie schedule and its list of great titles now for a few years and today for the first time, that I am aware of, they showed Dick Powell's 1956 You Can't Run Away from It. (Columbia Pictures) and the screen copy was in 'pan and scan.' . :(

Checked IMDB and sure enough it should have been the cinemascope widescreen. Now this is strange as I have found TCM is pretty good at not only showing Out of print films, but they usually have access to the Best Print available.

Does this mean that there is no version in Cinemascope of this classic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and June Allyson ???

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"Does this mean that there is no version in Cinemascope of this classic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and June Allyson ???" - Chauncy

 

No. It only means that the copy Columbia/Sony sent to TCM was the pan & scan version. In the past TCM insiders have stated in these Foums that they always request an original release version of the films they show from outside sources. But they are at the mercy of the suppliers and what is in those sources vaults ready for presentation on TCM. If there isn't a widescreen version in a digital format avaliable for TCM's use but there is a P&S version, that is what TCM will get. (Or, it could have been a "clerical error" and the wrong copy was sent to TCM. That has happened in the past too. But believe those situations are less common.)

 

So, while TCM will always ask for the film in its original aspect ratio, thay will take a title in P&S if that is all that is available rather than forgo showing the title altogether.

 

Whether the widescreen version is "missing" in the Columbia/Sony vaults shouldn't be assumed from TCM's showing of the P&S version - only that the Cinemascope version wasn't sent to TCM.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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Kyle in Hollywood wrote:

 

> Whether the widescreen version is "missing" in the Columbia/Sony vaults shouldn't be assumed from TCM's showing of the P&S version - only that the Cinemascope version wasn't sent to TCM.

 

As an example, the first time TCM showed The Heroes of Telemark, it was a P&S version; since then, they've been able to show the widescreen version.

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