|Originally posted by dm145
Discussing the directors intent always makes me laugh. I am for OAR but it sounds so pretentious to bring up the directors intent.
I don't know why it makes you laugh or how you come up with the term pretentious. Do you not believe directors, or anyone else involved, cares how the final scene looks? Do you not think they actually take some time composing wide scenes to get the right mix of content? Do you think they film 235:1 simply because that is the only camera they have? Do you not think Cinemascope (and the other panorama-type techniques) made a real difference in movie making and enjoyment many years ago?
I guess we should just go back to silent, 4:3, B&W movies just so we don't have to discuss 'director's Intent' or ask content providers to present things the way they were made and not cropped for whatever reason. It used to be that we didn't have that option, but now that we do, it doesn't seem unreasonable to want what we see in the theater instead of someone's idea of what is good enough for us peasants.
If you ever watch the 'how it was made' stuff, the Director (or someone) does a lot of looking through the camera to check the composition of the shots. To me, this means there are at least some directors out there who actively try to compose what the final scene will look like. Now, whether or not they are paying close attention to what is on the outer edges of the scene is pure supposition, but I have compared fullscreen and widescreen versions of the same movie and there is a difference in enjoyment, particularly of the epic scenes like in Star Wars, LOTR, TOTS, Apocalypse Now, etc. If it didn't matter to anyone, they would just 4:3 fullscreen everything and we'd never know the difference. This has been the case for a lot of years, but like someone else pointed out, why does widescreen OAR out sell every other format?
Would I watch a fullsceen movie? Sure. Would I watch a cropped widescreen movie? Sure. Would I prefer OAR? Definitely, no matter what anyone thinks about the director's intent or top/bottom bars. If I had my way, I wouldn't even let you zoom it, but that already got me in trouble in another thread, so I won't go that far. :) All I want is OAR for me and a zoom option for you, then we'd both be happy.