> I keep reading that Universal HD seems to always show OAR...
Unfortunately, that's incorrect.
> but they showed THEY LIVE at 2.35:1, slightly windowboxed (black bars on the sides too) during the credits, but cropped during the film.
Yes, and that hurt it quite a bit. I have it from when HDNet Movies aired it, and the 2.35 presentation was vastly superior (IMO).
> Tonight, FRIGHTENERS looks cropped, so maybe UHD isn't all OAR all the time after all....after LOST HIGHWAY and SCARFACE (along with other comments here) I was hoping OAR was the norm for them....guess that's not entirely the case.
It doesn't help until it's actually airing, but if you check the pre-roll, they normally put up a slate with "This is the original Theatrical version, presented in it's original format." or similar words to that effect. Lacking that, it's usually a cropped, or open matte presentation.
> Beverly Hills Cop 2
I appreciate the contributions (especially good to know those providers actually offering OAR), but it would be more helpful if you also added the source. As it is, it's a bit of a mystery, since most have no clue where these are coming from.
I believe most of your recent comments pertain to channels available only on BEV (Bell Express-View), and if you indicated that BHC2 was on City-HD/BEV, or some of the others were Movie Central/BEV, or TMN/BEV, that would be good info to have (wake folks up to the quality of the Canadian offerings), and potentially avoid having angry folks erroneously assuming your source was feeds.