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« Reply #40 on: July 09, 2007, 10:12:10 PM »

Aspect ratio. It should be 1.66:1. Instead, it's 2.25:1.

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As meant to be seen:
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« Reply #41 on: July 09, 2007, 10:44:45 PM »

Oh okay.  Yeah, I see what you mean.
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« Reply #42 on: July 10, 2007, 05:38:00 AM »

Aspect ratio. It should be 1.66:1. Instead, it's 2.25:1.

As posted:


As meant to be seen:


It is a shame because the film is shot 2.35:1 Techniscope.
I have a letterbox recording from the one UK channel 4 screening.
All other copies that seem to floating around are 1.37:1 (pan and scan) and NTSC.


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« Reply #43 on: July 10, 2007, 09:37:46 AM »

Yeah...even setting it to fullscreen dosen't help.
I'm just greatful that I could see it.

My Dad got me this book a few years ago called "Eastwood" about his whole career in words and pictures.  I thought this seq. of The Witches was worth a watch.
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« Reply #44 on: July 10, 2007, 04:08:03 PM »

It is a shame because the film is shot 2.35:1 Techniscope.
I have a letterbox recording from the one UK channel 4 screening.
All other copies that seem to floating around are 1.37:1 (pan and scan) and NTSC.


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That, I didn't realize, Philo. I was foolishly going by the info on the IMDb (which I KNOW is highly unreliable). Here's the same shot of Clint corrected to 1:37:1.


I can't recall what the print looked like that I saw in February, unfortunately, but I'd assume it was widescreen.

Has anyone ever caught that other great cinematic classic, Ambush at Cimmaron Pass, in its original widescreen glory? ;)
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« Reply #45 on: July 11, 2007, 10:23:00 AM »

Well, if you want to watch it...

Part one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW5pFvW4EIA

Part two.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH1v0o6s0sU
I thought I'd never see The Witches -at least the parts with Eastwood. Thanks, Glenny. Interesting. But weird.
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« Reply #46 on: July 12, 2007, 07:25:00 AM »

That, I didn't realize, Philo. I was foolishly going by the info on the IMDb (which I KNOW is highly unreliable). Here's the same shot of Clint corrected to 1:37:1.


I can't recall what the print looked like that I saw in February, unfortunately, but I'd assume it was widescreen.

Has anyone ever caught that other great cinematic classic, Ambush at Cimmaron Pass, in its original widescreen glory? ;)


I will write to IMDB as I have been adding technical specs for other films and they now seem to be listening. I tried for years to correct on the aspect ratio for Tightrope and they would not take my word that they had it wrong until the widescreen DVD was finally released.  ::)

When I get enough time I will try and get a 16:9 frame grab of The Witches just to show the more correct composition.

KC,
I can't imagine a film print being struck in pan and scan, they did years ago when films were pre panned and scanned for television but that was a long time ago. So it appears you are one of the lucky few to have seen it on the big screen.  O0


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« Reply #47 on: July 12, 2007, 07:28:00 AM »

Has anyone ever caught that other great cinematic classic, Ambush at Cimmaron Pass, in its original widescreen glory? ;)

A friend has a 16mm print that he has asked me to repair and transfer.

Not got around to it yet and I am not sure if it is scope or pan and scan.


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« Reply #48 on: March 16, 2012, 10:13:08 PM »

Bumping this old thread to point out that the ENTIRE FILM is now available on YouTube, in Italian with English subtitles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH2ISk92Iyw

Aspect ratio is 1.80:1, but otherwise it looks very good.

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« Reply #49 on: June 22, 2021, 12:24:03 PM »

The Witches is currently available to stream on Paramount Plus. I was looking for a thread where I could mention it, and this seems to be one of the main discussion we've had about it. I had to laugh at my post here. ;D I don't know if I ever did watch Eastwood's segment. Guess I can do that now (and I didn't remember trying to watch the movie before)
I started watching The Witches one day last week. I saw pretty much the whole first segment and then stopped. I'm thinking I might just find the one Clint's in, watch it, and then be done with it. ;)
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