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In Vanda's Room - TCM Aspect Ratio Screw-up


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Noticed TCM had stretched the 1.33:1 film In Vanda's Room to 1.78:1. HDTVs can get around this simply by changing the screen ratio option, compressing it back to 4:3, but people with old SDTVs would be stuck with the stretched image.

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Really? It should still be possible, unless your DVR prevents the TV from doing it. The only downside is you'd get extreme pictureboxing from the SD version.

 

Another problem I noticed recently, both on Janus Films titles (Early Spring and at least one of the Rossellini history films), is that it appears the two did not get the proper 3:2 pulldowns necessary to convert 24 fps materials to the NTSC standard. It looked like the kind of thing I've seen on some of my Asian DVDs and Blu-rays - a repitition of every fourth frame. It achieves the same goal as 3:2 pulldown but it produces a very noticeable stutter in the image (much more noticeable than the judder associated with 3:2.)

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Well, I checked it out a bit closer, and things aren't as I thought. On the SD channel, the 4x3 OAR wasn't stretched, it was cropped top and bottom, to make a 16x9 picture. So, although my TV has only "4x3" And "Wide" options for component inputs, I can use the S-Video output from my DVDR to view it, and zoom it to make the frame fill the screen, with no stretching. But, I will still be seeing a cropped picture, not the original OAR, ans so will everyone else. I hope TCM can get an unaltered copy to show in the future. I also wish they had listed it as letterboxed, so I could have gotten a better picture using TCMHD.

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