Friday, August 21, 2009

Ratio Ratio

Soderbergh on the way HD movies should look on your TV. (DGA)

Now, I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this, because I have never believed that even a small portion of what happens in the entertainment industry matters that much, but it’s fucking lame to watch Jaws—a film that uses the 2.40 ratio as well as any ever produced—in the wrong format on HBO. Does Universal so badly need a few extra pennies that it’s willing to ruin a classic? And does HBO really think its viewers are so stupid as to forget movies currently come in two sizes?

Apparently so. (No, I’m not forgetting the original, “golden” ratio of 1.33:1, it’s just that no one uses it anymore except the pretentious assholes who made The Good German.)

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