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"You can't fight in here! This is the war room!" - 7/2/2009 5:35:35 PM   
RyanCrierie


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So I got Strangelove on Blu-Ray about last week for about $30 bucks.

Previously, my last copy of Strangelove was a very early DVD release from
1997, which had on it's cover a claim to be "widescreen" but it really wasn't.

As someone on bluray.com commented:

quote:

The film was restored for home video release in 1994 and had an
aspect ratio that alternates between 1.33:1 and 1.66:1 - This was approved
by Stanley Kubrick himself. However the theatrical presentation of the film
was in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio, and Sony have presented the film on blu-ray
how you would have seen it in cinemas, rather than on 4:3 television sets
that were around in 1994.


As an aside, the new Full Metal Jacket Re-Release on Blu Ray (which I also have)
is also restored to it's cinematic aspect ratio; rather than being in the Kubrick
approved pan-and-scan format that he would only allow his films to be released
on in Home video.

I'm so glad he died.

So, basics of the film:

The Main Film is in High Def; with English, English SDH, French, Arabic, Dutch
subtitles. However, the extras on it are in Standard Def, with only Dutch and
French subtitles. No closed captioning!

(I'm deaf/hard of hearing so this is a issue with me)

So here are two screen captures of the same scene:

1997 DVD



2009 Blu Ray



Of course, it might be that the 2001 SE DVD and the
2004 40th Anniversary Edition DVD are graphically much
better than this primitive early DVD release I have.......

But hell, I like it in Hi Def; makes reading
"World Targets in Megadeaths" so much easier.

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