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25th Sep '17 6:54:07 PM Mdumas43073
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8th Sep '17 10:24:12 PM dsneybuf
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* The [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]] Cinema Classics MadeOnDemand DVD service has made an unpleasantly surprising effort to revive this practice. DVD Talk gives automatic "[[http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/list.php?adviceStart=5&adviceEnd=5&orderBy=Date&reviewType=All&searchText=fox+cinema+archives&NReviews=50&___rd=1 Skip It]]" ratings to most of these discs, insisting that no good reason exists for a DVD released in TheNewTens to have its widescreen picture cropped to 1.33:1.

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* The [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]] Cinema Classics MadeOnDemand DVD service has made an unpleasantly surprising effort to revive this practice. DVD Talk gives automatic "[[http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/list.php?adviceStart=5&adviceEnd=5&orderBy=Date&reviewType=All&searchText=fox+cinema+archives&NReviews=50&___rd=1 php?adviceStart=5&adviceEnd=5&orderBy=Date&reviewType=All&searchText=fox+cinema+archives&movieStart=0&movieEnd=0&NReviews=50&___rd=1 Skip It]]" ratings to most of these discs, insisting that no good reason exists for a DVD released in TheNewTens to have its widescreen picture cropped to 1.33:1.
29th May '17 12:06:57 AM lizaphile
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Since the pan looks entirely unlike a camera move, it can be very jarring for the viewer. With the growing acceptance of the 16:9 (or 'letterbox') ratio, publishers have differentiated the formats with pan and scan being marketed as "fullscreen" while letterboxed editions are "widescreen." As it is with acceptance of more rectangle-proportioned screens and the fact that both formats are priced the same, pan and scan has seriously declined in popularity, with letterboxing being seen as more "classy"—plus, it doesn't lop off the rest of the screen.

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Since the pan looks entirely unlike a camera move, it can be very jarring for the viewer. With the growing acceptance of the 16:9 (or 'letterbox') ratio, publishers have differentiated the formats with pan and scan being marketed as "fullscreen" while letterboxed editions are "widescreen." "widescreen" (though as of 2017, you'll only find fullscreen films to purchase in store discount bins for stock manufactured at least a decade ago and still not sold). As it is with acceptance of more rectangle-proportioned screens and the fact that both formats are priced the same, pan and scan has seriously declined in popularity, with letterboxing being seen as more "classy"—plus, it doesn't lop off the rest of the screen.
26th Nov '16 6:31:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Probably one of the most disastrous examples of pan-and-scan was featured in the CaryGrant/[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doris_Day Doris Day]] comedy ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Touch_of_Mink That Touch of Mink]]'', which was used in an example on a ''Series/{{Siskel And Ebert}}'' show chastising the process. One scene in question takes place at a New York Yankees game: in one shot, Day is making such a big commotion, but you can't see her; only the others ''reacting'' to her. The same scene has a cameo by Yogi Berra, but while you can hear him, he's barely in the frame!

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* Probably one of the most disastrous examples of pan-and-scan was featured in the CaryGrant/[[http://en.Creator/CaryGrant/[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doris_Day Doris Day]] comedy ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Touch_of_Mink That Touch of Mink]]'', which was used in an example on a ''Series/{{Siskel And Ebert}}'' show chastising the process. One scene in question takes place at a New York Yankees game: in one shot, Day is making such a big commotion, but you can't see her; only the others ''reacting'' to her. The same scene has a cameo by Yogi Berra, but while you can hear him, he's barely in the frame!
26th Nov '16 6:30:29 AM Morgenthaler
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For many directors, this is something of a minor (or major) BerserkButton, since this means a technician has to, according to some, redirect the film, and will frequently lose either important details, or the ambiance of a scene or a whole movie. TurnerClassicMovies (TCM) made a quick [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m1-pP1-5K8 documentary]] with several famous directors talking about the downside of pan and scan (it's only 5 minutes, give it a watch).

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For many directors, this is something of a minor (or major) BerserkButton, since this means a technician has to, according to some, redirect the film, and will frequently lose either important details, or the ambiance of a scene or a whole movie. TurnerClassicMovies Creator/TurnerClassicMovies (TCM) made a quick [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m1-pP1-5K8 documentary]] with several famous directors talking about the downside of pan and scan (it's only 5 minutes, give it a watch).
15th Nov '16 8:15:59 AM dsneybuf
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* The pan-and-scan VHS and DVD releases of ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' (1997), have one of the most unusual cases of this trope, in that the picture is actually slightly wider than 4:3 (the DVD specifications list the aspect ratio of this version as 1.48:1 as opposed to the common 1.33:1). As such, it is one of the few pan-and-scan versions of a film where you can see black bars at the top and bottom of the frame throughout the entire movie (as opposed to just the opening and end credits).

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* The pan-and-scan VHS and DVD releases of ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' (1997), have one of the most unusual cases of this trope, in that the picture is actually slightly wider than 4:3 (the DVD specifications list the aspect ratio of this version as 1.48:1 as opposed to the common 1.33:1). As such, it is one of the few pan-and-scan versions of a film where you can see black bars at the top and bottom of the frame throughout the entire movie (as opposed to just the opening and end credits).[[note]]Yes, this statement does also apply to 16:9 TV owners: except for the elusive, [=CinemaScope=]-only Family Fun Edition, all ''Anastasia'' [=DVDs=] lack anamorphic enhancement.[[/note]]
21st Aug '16 8:05:20 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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21st May '16 9:25:55 AM erforce
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* In the commentary for ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', during the lobby scene at the Sedgwick Hotel, Harold Ramis laments that he's frequently chopped out of the picture entirely in pan-and-scan presentations due to his not having many lines in that shot. This actually cuts out the main joke of the scene, that he's silently feeding Bill Murray's character the numbers.

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* In the commentary for ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', during the lobby scene at the Sedgwick Hotel, Harold Ramis Creator/HaroldRamis laments that he's frequently chopped out of the picture entirely in pan-and-scan presentations due to his not having many lines in that shot. This actually cuts out the main joke of the scene, that he's silently feeding Bill Murray's character the numbers.
20th May '16 5:14:19 PM nombretomado
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* Video game example: The [[{{Xbox 360}} Xbox Live]] and [[PlayStation3 PlayStation Network]] releases of ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'', as well as ''[[CompilationRerelease Dragon's Lair Trilogy]]'' for the {{Wii}}, have the top and bottom of the picture cropped to fit a 16:9 screen. Fortunately, you can avert this in ''Trilogy'': by switching the Wii's screen to 4:3 mode, you can play the games without any cropping at all.

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* Video game example: The [[{{Xbox 360}} [[UsefulNotes/XBox360 Xbox Live]] and [[PlayStation3 PlayStation Network]] UsefulNotes/PlayStationNetwork releases of ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'', as well as ''[[CompilationRerelease Dragon's Lair Trilogy]]'' for the {{Wii}}, UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, have the top and bottom of the picture cropped to fit a 16:9 screen. Fortunately, you can avert this in ''Trilogy'': by switching the Wii's screen to 4:3 mode, you can play the games without any cropping at all.
20th May '16 10:41:26 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Sadly, upon 16:9 [=TVs=] coming into popular use, some presentations of material originally filmed for 4:3 sets is now being cropped ''the other way'' on HDTV channels I (pan and tilt). Victims of this process for UsefulNotes/BluRay include ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and the classic documentary series ''The World at War''. Justified for movies that premiered in theaters with mattes covering the top and bottom of the picture, such as ''Film/{{Shane}}'' and ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.

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* Sadly, upon 16:9 [=TVs=] coming into popular use, some presentations of material originally filmed for 4:3 sets is now being cropped ''the other way'' on HDTV channels I (pan and tilt). Victims of this process for UsefulNotes/BluRay include ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and the classic documentary series ''The World at War''. Justified for movies that premiered in theaters with mattes covering the top and bottom of the picture, such as ''Film/{{Shane}}'' and ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
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