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post #1 of 2 Old 07-09-2013, 02:57 PM - Thread Starter
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This might be interesting. After reading some topics on the aspect ratio issue of the Goldeneye UE dvd, I did some research by analyzing the original and it left some strange mysteries behind to assume that the original movie transfer was also cropped. I will post some screenscaps to confirm this.

During severals scenes at the casino there is a substational amount of image cut either at the down and left side as you can see compared to the theatrical trailer.

Also, notice shot of Natalya jumping under the stairs shows much more picture information on the original trailer.

During a shot of Boris computer the upper and down side of the image the text is missing frames.

So I hope someone will find the original full frame print of the movie as it was shot , clean it up and transfer it to blu ray.
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All movies have some degree of cropping. Not everything on the film elements was intended to be seen. For one thing, some dead space has to be left along the side in order to accomodate the optical soundtrack that will be printed there on 35mm release prints.

Variances in framing are not unusual when dealing with two separate film-to-video scans performed on different telecine machines at different times. That, plus variances in theatrical projection and TV overscan, are all reasons why cinematographers frame their shots with some leeway around the edges.

Generally, discrepancies like this are minor and don't affect the compositional intent of the photography. However, the "Ultimate Edition" GoldenEye DVD was widely criticized for being overly cropped on all four sides, so it would appear that Lowry Digital screwed up the framing of that one.

The recent Blu-ray edition was actually sourced from an older master created for the original (non-UE) DVD. It fixes the framing problem, but is an old and crummy transfer with a lot of DNR and edge enhancement issues.

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