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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

The Overscan Problem
Here's great article from Masters of Cinema on overscan and what to do about it. Overscan is the cropping all television sets do in order to ensure the image fills the entire screen. Problem is, when you're viewing movies that weren't originally composed for a TV set, you may be missing significant parts of the film.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 5/25/2004 Comments (0)
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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Cannes Winners
Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11 won the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Roger Ebert has a complete wrap-up.
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Saturday, May 22, 2004

THX-1138: Special Edition
George Lucas' THX-1138 is finally getting a DVD release this September and guess what, there's digital alterations. From what's evident in the trailer, however, they don't look too bad. I just hope they don't change the final shot.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 5/22/2004 Comments (0)
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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Ebertfest Blog
I only found out about this now, but Patrick Franklin kept a blog of Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival last month.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 5/08/2004

Friday, May 07, 2004

Goodfellas SE DVD and Scorsese Box Set Announced
Warner has announced the upcoming release of a Goodfellas: Special Edition DVD as well as After Hours, Alice Doesn't Live Here Aay More, Mean Streets and Who's That Knocking At My Door?. They'll be available individually or in a Scorsese Collection Giftset. All will include audio commentaries by Martin Scorsese. More at
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 5/07/2004

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Freidkin's Sorcerer
Over on his blog, filmmaker Roger Avary recounts a recent screening of Sorcerer with director William Friedkin. "We also discussed the choice to only release a full frame format of the film on DVD. To my horror, I realized that it is actually a pan & scan version of the film, not full frame. Friedkin, like my mother, thinks that he's losing real estate on his television when he includes the 1.85 matting."
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 5/04/2004

Monday, May 03, 2004

Terrence Rafferty on the restored Godzilla in the New York Times:
It's just 50 years since a 150-foot-tall prehistoric creature with a spiky back, a nasty attitude and radioactive breath rose from the sea to pulverize Tokyo. The Japanese called the beast Gojira. When it arrived on our shores it was rechristened "Godzilla, King of the Monsters," though the big fella had in fact lost a good deal of his terrifying majesty in the passage.

I can't wait for this to come out on DVD.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 5/03/2004

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