This is not a frame from LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. It is a 16 x 9 rectangle chopped out of a frame from LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.
Hey, The Movie Network: if I'm paying over $20 a month for you, I probably have a widescreen TV. It probably really, really bugs me to watch movies in another format than the one they were shot in. If I wanted to watch LAWRENCE OF ARABIA in 1.85 pan-and-scan, as opposed to the glorious 2.35 'scope David Lean framed it for ... I could just put my VHS tape into my VCR, couldn't I?
Next time, can we please have the whole frame? Thank you.
Labels: watching movies
Shameful. Lean is rolling in his grave.
Saw the restored version in a California theater back whenever it came out. Absolutely glorious. You hardly even notice what shameless hams the actors are.
Lean didn't like the cuts to the TV version (I recall him asking if the restored version would include the iconic "goggles in the branches" shot).
When I bought one of the last widescreen tube TVs, I used Lawrence to gauge how much each aspect ratio setting chopped out.
I was lucky to see it at the York cinema here in Toronto on its final weekend--one of my all-time favourite theatre-going events.
There are so many "HD" channels out there that are still showing 3:4 movies, even newer movies. It makes me crazy. Such a waste of a cable subscription.
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