Originally Posted by Closet Geek
I'm not without some of my preferences for film, but do you really find some of these directorial choices (lens flare, variable aspect) really take you out of the experience?
Typically those things don't take me out of the experience, but it depends on how they're used. When I first saw 'Star Trek'
, I found the lens flares a bit annoying, but within a few minutes I barely noticed them. When watching it again on Blu-ray, I found that the lens flares helped maintain a consistent look during edits, especially when cutting from interior shots to exterior scenes in space. The whole thing look like it had been photographed by the same DP, belieing the fact that some of the footage was pure CG. Same with the shakey-cam in that movie, helping improve consistency between interior and exterior shots.
As for variable aspect ratio, especially with movies that have 15/70 IMAX footage, I enjoy the results. I love it when certain scenes pop open to the full height of the (film-based) IMAX screen. Again, it depends on how it is used. The forest battle scene in the middle of 'Transformers 2'
was awesome in full-screen IMAX. How can you beat seeing robots 6 stories high. The entire scene was comprised of IMAX footage. By comparison, the end battle was a mixture of IMAX and 35mm 'scope footage, with some edits using only a single IMAX shot before cutting back to regular footage. That was a little distracting. Happened a couple of times in 'Dark Knight'
, where a single IMAX shot was inserted into regular footage (like when Lucius goes to see Lau in Hong Kong). Probably the smoothest transitions I've seen with variable aspect ratio was in the recent 'Mission Impossible 4'
. Excepting a few transitions, the image gradually opened up or closed down when going between 2.35 and 1.44 aspect ratios.