Originally Posted by facesnorth
I would love to see this on Blu Ray. However, if Criterion releases it in the butchered 2:1 aspect ratio as they did the DVD release, I will not buy it. It should be in the original 2.35:1 ratio.
Originally Posted by txfilmguy
I believe it was framed in keeping with the 70mm presentation, hence the different aspect ratio (normally 2.20:1 for 70mm)
Originally Posted by Grubert
Cropped to 2.0:1? No thanks. Hidef or not.
I could of sworn that the film was intended to be shown as 2:1.......http://www.criterion.com/blog/2008_0...42570263302949
From the start of this project, Bertolucci has insisted that Storaro have ultimate approval of the mastering of the feature. This master was made in Rome under Storaro's direct supervision, with Bertolucci's approval. When we asked Storaro about the framing of the film, he unhesitatingly told us that the correct aspect ratio for The Last Emperor was 2:1. He told us that The Last Emperor was the first film he shot specifically for 2.0 framing, and Bertolucci backs him up.
I recently had the pleasure of joining producer Jeremy Thomas at a screening of The Last Emperor, and I asked him about this issue. Was it really true that they had envisioned the film less wide than the 2.35:1 aspect ratio in which it was commonly screened? Thomas said that they had originally hoped that all of the original release prints would be in 70 mm, framed at 2.2:1 or 2:1, but not 2.35:1 or 2.33:1.
Even if we have always known it to be 2:35 is it not our hope that the directors intended (OAR) vision is shown?...JMHO, Ill still buy it as that is one of my favorite classics.