Originally Posted by Kram Sacul
The reviewer talks just like you, Pincho:
"My only reservation about the video is that Shock Treatment was shot open matte, which means it was made widescreen after it was filmed and in doing so removed a substantial amount of image."
Well, yeah. Still composed for 1.85:1.
I have awards in photography, and computer graphics by the way. I know a lot about framing. My method keeps the horizontal framing in tact. Vertical framing is opened. Horizontal framing usually consists of using doorways, trees, mountains, people, vertical lines. Those are very important. Vertical framing consists mostly of people's heads, tree tops, sky lines, buildings, eyes, horizontal lines. New lines appear when you open something up vertically, or the original lines are still there, but lower.
Eg: King Kong..again:
Kong's eyes framed become kong's wrinkles in his forehead framed.
Kong's forehead framed becomes Kong's head framed.
Other instances in the film are when treetops are cut off at the top, using my method makes a better frame. Empire State Building has New York out of shot, in my version New York is better framed.
Yes.. there is no better frame than the directors vision, but the director was stuck with a single aspect ratio. There is no way that he could get a close up of Kong in 2.35, and frame it as well as he could in 16:9, because Kong's head is shaped like a 16:9 image.
So what I am really talking about is that no Aspect Ratio is as good as 2 aspect ratios working together. You will get some parts of King Kong looking better in 16:9, than in 2:35. It's not Peter Jackson's fault. It's a problem with using a really wide screen for a really tall monkey.