Thanks for the links to these clear explanations of the different aspect ratios.
Ever since I became aware of this issue with DVD releases I've tried to "vote with my wallet" i.e. find out what the OAR of a movie is and buy the correct DVD version (usually widescreen).
My question here is that I would have hoped that with the HD formats the studios would finally take care in providing us with the AR that the director intended but, if my research is correct, this would seem to not be the case with the recent Uni HD DVD release of The Sting.
George Roy Hill intended this to be in 1.33:1
The studio balked and the top and bottom of the theatrical release was matted in order to give it a widescreen AR, thereby cutting off people's hats and the top of their heads as well as giving a more zoomed in and claustrophobic feeling to the movie when compared to the original 1.33:1 release (available on SD DVD here
Does anyone have any info on why Uni decided to not go with the OAR that the director intended? And does Uni have any plans in the works to release a version with the original 1.33:1 AR?Mods: Please move/delete this post if this is not the proper place for these questions to be asked.