Originally Posted by thebard
I don't think anyone ever disagreed that it was shot with uniform cameras & chips/stock throughout; I just feel that the shifting AR doesn't necessarily make it an IMAX gimmick, anymore than the scenes in 1939's Oz are a "Technicolor gimmick".
I prefer to think of it as "this is the way the director prefers the film to be seen", & I'm glad the ratio switch made it to disc.
If you don't wish to view it that way, then crop it in the display or in the computer (as nexus did). It's easier for you to do that than for me to make up content that wasn't encoded!
I guess what I mean is that the director probably said to himself, "Wow, I want to do something like 'The Dark Knight'" and then decided to just leave a few scenes un-cropped for the IMAX presentation. Then, people will go, "Oooooh it has IMAX scenes like 'The Dark Knight!' And it's in 3D! We will definitely have to see it in IMAX now!" and so on and so forth. If the director thinks his story is being told better with that unnecessary extra headroom on the open-matte shots, I guess that's his business, but it's really nothing more than a cheap attempt at capitalizing on what 'The Dark Knight' did, but it's worse because the scenes weren't even shot at a higher resolution and the framing is really awkward. Pretty sure that in David Keighley's interview, he even said something about the 'TRON Legacy' director wanting to do something like 'The Dark Knight.'
When I hear directors "want to do something like" an ultra-successful movie, and it's done as cheaply as this (just leaving some scenes un-cropped instead of shooting them at a higher resolution), I just can't support it - especially when it ends up looking as pointless and distracting as it does. If I ever thought I would watch the movie more than a couple of more times, I would buy it, rip it, and then crop it myself that way I can enjoy the whole thing in 2.35:1, but luckily, this issue doesn't really affect me because I don't care to see the movie many more times (I basically just want to see it once at home on Blu-ray in all of its DTS HD-MA glory).
But alas, I'm not too bothered since I don't care to purchase this film. I just hope that in the future when more directors take part in the shifting aspect ratio thing, that they handle it more like 'The Dark Knight' did, and less like 'TRON Legacy' did. That's all.
of the 1.78:1 shots look pretty good - but it's mostly the establishing shots and shots that show off the scenery (the scene that's 38:35 into the movie, for instance). The 1.78:1 shots of characters talking are the really distracting ones.