Originally Posted by robertc88
Some early opinions I've found seem to be quite positive about the BD quality. Not sure where the source was leaking this release out this early but I wouldn't mind having it.
Anyhow, do you feel the AR shift is going to be of consequence to this release? It was basically a small blip in TDK as far as the amount of time it occurred with some not even noticing it.
The "leaked" version is pretty excellent looking, so I am really excited to see how nice the actual release is.
Having said that, I'm definitely not a fan of the shifting aspect ratio, especially since it was done just to be an IMAX gimmick. It is incredibly lame that they cropped the movie to 2.35:1 and then hyped the un-cropped parts for IMAX. It may not have been marketed as an "IMAX film" but the IMAX scenes were most certainly advertised. There were various articles titled things like "Tron Legacy to Include Larger Format IMAX Scenes" - "Tron Legacy Will Have 5 Sequences in Tall IMAX Screen Size" - "Tron: Legacy Grid Scenes will Expand for IMAX" and so on, as well as the director doing interviews about how the IMAX audience will see "more" of the picture. LOL yes, they will see more of the picture because the other scenes were cropped! Wow!
With 'The Dark Knight' Blu-ray, I didn't mind as much because the IMAX scenes were actually shot with IMAX cameras in a higher resolution and a taller aspect ratio that was in line with IMAX's full screen aspect ratio. In the case of 'TRON Legacy,' the whole movie was shot in 1.78.1 and then the majority of the movie was cropped to 2.35:1 - and the un-cropped scenes were left looking like there was way too much empty space on the top and bottom for the most part, and the majority of people end up getting the feeling that they are getting "more" of the picture - but that's only because the rest of the movie was cropped! Had all of 'TRON Legacy' been shown in 1.78:1, like it was shot, then it wouldn't have been a big deal at all because there was really nothing special about what they did. At least with 'The Dark Knight,' you actually are getting more of the picture because the IMAX cameras recorded more of the picture
than the other cameras that were used.
But, in the case of 'TRON Legacy,' it's just a case of, "We will simply take away some of the picture for most of the movie, that way you get excited when we show some scenes in the same aspect ratio they were shot in, that we decided not to crop like all of the other scenes in the movie." This was clearly done just to get people to spend more money on 3D IMAX. People arguing against me might say the IMAX scenes in 'The Dark Knight' were done just to get people to see it in IMAX, and they'd be right - but the fact is that the IMAX scenes were shot at a higher resolution and included more footage than the regular cameras were capable of. This is not the case with 'TRON Legacy.'
So, I dislike "open matte" footage because the extra space is really distracting and I see it and get reminded that it's an IMAX gimmick.