The Ultimate Widescreen Reference

Found on Darren Barefoot’s blog comes The Letterbox and Widescreen Advocacy Page. The next time someone tells you that pan and scan is the way to go, point them to this page. It’s the best set of examples I’ve ever seen for why widescreen is such a superior format. Choose from a couple dozen different movie examples, and they’ll show you reference shots of both widescreen and pan and scan pictures of the same frame. You’ll see the difference in composition dramatically this way.


2 Responses to “The Ultimate Widescreen Reference”

  1. The Blue Spider
    28. December 2003 at 18:19

    Your blind widescreen ideology blinds you the desecration of Babylon 5.

    The show WASN’T filmed nor broadcast in widescreen. You know it and I know it.

    Only a minority of television programs are filmed in ‘widescreen’ presentation… and aside from Babylon 5 I don’t remember enough to know what else has been desecrated.

    But just as they have to slice up an original frame view from Indiana Jones or Star Wars for ‘standard television frame’ editions they slice up normal frame views to make a widescreen shot out of what wasn’t.

    To each what is apropriate, is what I say.

    I also say that some films, like Mickey Blue Eyes or other bits of sorta-romantic fru-fru or fru-for-all don’t suffer from the parts of their screens removed.

    Let us not go blindly into widescreen. Let us embrace what’s good.

    And start burning films that displease us.

    “Three Kings”… Whew! There’s heavy stuff in that film… not as entertaining as Clooney’s next heist film.



  2. Matthew M
    29. December 2003 at 12:36

    Babylon 5′s SFX shots were composed full frame (for the first 3 seasons, IIRC). The rest of the show was shot widescreen.

    As someone else has brilliantly pointed out on DVD Talk, it’s not about more image or less image; it’s about the right image. I want to see a film how the filmmakers intended it to be seen, not how some marketing exec thinks I should see it.