Originally Posted by IanD
Was this movie ever released on laserdisc as letterbox? I have only seen the full-screen version and wondered whether it was open matte or P&S.
As I recall, the film was shot with 1.85:1 as matted into widescreen.....the LD is the movie with the matts removed, which is how he knowingly filmed the movie
In the "Interpreter" special features, Pollack talks of why he filmed it and a number of other movies for a non-widescreen or 4:3 ratio was that at the time, it was very popular to take widescreen movies and do a pan and scan for TV, which he said annoyed him greatly as the film would now jump around.
OTOH, with smaller square TVs in the 1960 through 1990 era, a movie in widescreen, was difficult to watch.....indeed, with many movies when I was given the choice between wide screen and pan and scan, I took the pan and scan, as watching a "widescreen" on a 19 inch TV (which was fairly large for that time period) produced an image that was often too small to be really seen and enjoyed.
I only started watching widescreen movies on TV, in the early 1990's when we bought a "big screen" 60 inch. Oddly enough, that screen was still a square and not a rectangle, but at least I could see the images on the widescreen versions better enough to be enjoyed
So he just filmed it such that one could play it as per the LD, without any pan and scan on a full screen TV rather than a widescreen tv.
So in one sense, the widescreen version may arguably not be
the director's intent.....