I missed the beginning of both movies, but have been checking them out. They're probably not OAR, but the DVDs had mediocre non-anamorphic transfers so I'm looking forward to checking them out later in the month.
The frame was lowered and raised from time to time, by mistake, so that the bottom of the screen was cut off at times, and other times it was the top. Look at the scene where they inject some type of rat with the spider venom and place it in a jar where it promptly dies. You cannot even see the rat. It's cropped. That is not correct.
No, it is not intentional. The shot of the animal dying (which was a prop) is part of the film and not seeing that part of the image ruins that scene. You have no idea what is happening. Looking at the LD, it's clear that the scene is mis-framed on the HBO transfer (as is most of the film).
Well, you're one up on me, as the only other way I've seen it is 4x3. That particular pan looked intentional- maybe cesnorship on HBO's part. Otherwise I didn't notice any other panning and it all looked OK.
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