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Uncle_Buck (1989) in Pan&Scan -- WHY??

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On Friday, July 9, 2004 at 10:00pm EDT, TCM played a

Pan&Scan (P&S) version of "Uncle Buck" (1989).


According to DVD technical info from Amazon.Com

(cited below), it's not clear why TCM would air

it P&S when a Widescreen [Letterbox] version has

been available on DVD for over SIX MONTHS.

Consider the data below taken from the DVD

descriptions off Amazon.Com:


Release Information:

Studio: Universal Studios

DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004

Aspect Ratio(s):

Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1



Also, on TCM's own website article, it states

that the film is "Letterboxed", consider this

URL and info:



Uncle Buck

Friday 07/09/2004 10:00 PM

C-100m. Letterboxed.

by Eleanor Quin



PLEASE: why didn't TCM air "Uncle Buck" in LBX?


Are subscribers to presume that "Universal Studios"

will not permit TCM to air the widescreen version

of this film until some special date?


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> Piffle........I enjoy the movie "Uncle Buck" whatever

> format it is in especially uncut and without

> commercial interruption. Funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny

> indeed.


> Mongo


Not to be fussy, but that's my whole point. It isn't uncut if it has been cropped to fit your TV. The movie was filmed, edited, and released to theaters to be shown in an aspect ratio of 1.85 to 1. In order to fit it on to your TV's 1.33 to 1 aspect ratio, edges must be wacked off. Hence, you are seeing approximately 1-((1.85-1.33)/1.85) = 72% of Uncle Buck.


As long as I'm on the subject, movies that are in the "wider" aspect ratio of 2.35 to 1 and have been cropped to 1.33 to 1 result in approximately 57% of the movie that you actually get to see on your TV.

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