Sometimes they're hard matted on the neg, in which case you'd end up doing a pan & scan to get a 4X3. But in most cases (obviously only talking about non-anamorphic) the top and bottom is matted and pulled out some, allowing for a little more side information.
Last edited by Simon M.; 03-16-2012 at 07:37 PM.
Though, since I grew up watching the 1.33:1 version, that´s still my first top choice.
The same with the Evil dead 2, where you on the matted version can´t see things like Freedy Kruegers glove hanging over the door at the top of the frame, etc.
Why would ED have been 1.66:1??
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I'm bored enough to transcribe it, I guess.
Considering that Raimi participated very, very heavily in that book, I don't have any reason not to believe that's true-ish ("never been shown that way again" is obviously not correct), and it's made very clear that Raimi always intended for The Evil Dead to be seen in theaters. (That's why he shot on 16mm rather than Super 8...after his Super 8->35mm blowup test failed miserably.) I can only guess that because of the rough-and-tumble nature of the production and general inexperience, it wasn't composed all that carefully for 1.66:1, and that's why it's never been released that way on home video.Apart from the title, the movie shown that night [the Book of the Dead premiere on 15 October 1981] is the movie you see today, with only one other difference -- Sam had composed the film for a 1:1.66 aspect ratio (that is, the image was 1.66 times as wide as it was high; 1:1.85 is today's standard), but 16mm occupies the full 1:1.37 'Academy standard' aperture, the way films were projected up until the early 1950s. The Redford Theater accommodated the old ratio, so that's how Book of the Dead was projected for the premiere, and it's never been shown that way again.
I'm not savvy enough to know how many theaters on these shores were still capable of projecting at 1.66:1 in the early '80s, but...well, that's what the book says.
Someone married the original soundtrack with a better picture of this film over at CG.
I'm always suspicious when directors make alterations 20-30 years later and then say, "Uh, this is how I always wanted it to look". Just because they say it it doesn't mean it's right. Film makers are full of BS too. People of today don't want a square picture on their widescreen tv's and so old films are changed, not for artistic reasons but because film directors are also in it to earn money. I want 16mm films to look like 16mm films.
According to this post at horror dvds, Second Sight will be allowed to use the original audio, so it will have both the new mix and the original theatrical soundtrack!
I may have to go region free for this.
Hmm. As I don't regard that forum too highly, I'll wait for more elsewhere about this.
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No doubt, Ben. I'm not going to pre-order the title based on internet rumor, but I thought I'd pass it along. I went ahead and emailed Second Sight myself and asked them about the audio. When/if they email me back I'll post their response.
I have just checked the Secondsightfilms website and this is what is says so I guess it's official:
From here:THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (04.06.12)
NEWS JUST IN !!!!!
We are very excited to announce the inclusion of 'original soundtrack' audio option !!
Ok, here's the latest official update I've posted for folk over at Sex Gore Mutants...
The dead have risen and they need more ‘BRAINS’! Dan O’Bannon’s cult splatterfest The Return Of The Living Dead is one of the definitive zombie movies and one of the classic horror films of the 80s.
Now this horror favourite is being released on 4 June 2012 courtesy of Second Sight as a special edition double DVD and makes its UK Blu-ray debut in a limited edition Steelbook, both with five hours of special features and also the much anticipated inclusion of the original soundtrack as well as the remixed version.
Blundering medical supplies warehouse workers Frank and his young trainee Freddy unwittingly set off a mysterious US military chemical that brings the dead back to life. And they’ve got a real hunger for human brains. Enlisting the help of a local crematorium, they
set off a chain of events that could lead to the end of civilisation. Can they defeat the growing army of ravenous zombies? ‘How do you kill something that’s already dead’ It’s not a bad question Bert.
Complete with a raucous rock soundtrack by the inimitable The Cramps, The Return Of The Living Dead is a zombie gorefest at its best.
• MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD
The definitive two-hour documentary featuring interviews with cast, writers, producers and many more, as well as previously unseen behind the scenes footage, storyboards, conceptual art, publicity materials and archival documents
• MORE BRAINS! TWO HOURS OF KILLER BONUS FEATURES
A conversation with Dan O’Bannon: The Final Interview
They Won’t Stay Dead: A Look at Return of The Living Dead Part 2
A Love Beyond The Grave: A Look at Return of The Living Dead 3
Stacey Q Live: Exclusive ‘Tonight’ music video
Even More Brains: Deleted documentary interview
Return of The Living Dead in three minutes
Resurrected Settings: The Filming Locations Today
• THE ORIGINS OF RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD – with John A. Russo
• THE FX OF THE LIVING DEAD – with production designer William Stout and FX make-up artists William Munns and Tony Gardner
• PARTY TIME – with music consultant Steve Pross and 45 Grave singer Dinah Cancer
• EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY STEELBOOK – ‘ERNIE’S NOTEPAD’ – 20-page
replica notebook by embalmer Ernie Kaltenbrunner, featuring production notes, carting information and exclusive artwork
Title: The Return Of The Living Dead
Release Date: 4 June 2012 Cert: 15
Running time: 90 mins Language: English
RRP: DVD £19.99 Blu-ray: £ 22.99
Cat. No.: 2NDVD3228 Blu-ray: 2NDBR4006
Original Soundtrack: PCM 2.0
Remixed Soundtrack PCM 2.0
Remixed Soundtrack: DTS 5.1 Digital Surround
Original Soundtrack: Dolby Digital 2.0
Remixed Soundtrack Dolby Digital 2.0
Remixed Soundtrack: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
An option to play the original soundtrack
I assume we are talking about the ORIGINAL original soundtrack? As in theatrical?
LVR: Bring da noise!