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:
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:
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.
< Message edited by RyanCrierie -- 7/2/2009 5:42:02 PM >