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 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 11:24 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Sadly, many of the MOD DVDs issued by the Fox Archive program that should be in anamorphic widescreen are issued in pan-and-scan or open frame format, or in non-anamorphic widescreen. This thread is intended to keep track of which of these releases are in their intended widescreen format. The information listed on sales sites such as Amazon is often inaccurate. It is better to rely upon reviews or message board comments from people that have actually viewed these releases. As information becomes available from those sources regarding the true ratios of these videos, it will be posted here.

Below are all of the films that I have identified to date that should have been issued in either a CinemaScope/Panavision ratio or a matted widescreen ratio.

CinemaScope / Panavision (usually 2.35:1)

23 Paces To Baker Street (1956) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
All Hands on Deck (1957) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
April Love (1957)
Battle at Bloody Beach (1961) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953) - Anamorphic widescreen / DD 2.0 Stereo [DVD Talk]
Best Things In Life Are Free, The (1957) – Pan-and-scan [Doug Bull posting on Home Theater Forum]
Big Show, The (1961) – Pan-and-scan [borisfw posting on Home Theater Forum]
Bobbikins (1960) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, The (1976) - Anamorphic widescreen [lionel59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
Fiend Who Walked the West, The (1958) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Verdict]
Fraulein (1958) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
From Hell to Texas (1958) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [lionel59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
Goodbye Charlie (1964) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Hatful of Rain, A (1957) – Pan-and-scan [Videodrone review]
Hilda Crane (1956) - Non-anamorphic letterboxed [poster lionel59 on Home Theater Forum]
Holiday for Lovers (1959) - Anamorphic widescreen [DVD Talk]
In Love and War (1958) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Intent to Kill (1959) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Beaver]
It Happened In Athens (1962) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Lisa (1962) - Non-anamorphic letterboxed [DVD Talk]
Madison Avenue (1962) - Pan-and-scan [borisfw posting on Home Theater Forum]
Mardi Gras (1958) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Marines, Let’s Go! (1961) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Marriage-Go-Round, The (1960) - Anamorphic widescreen [DVD Talk]
Night People (1954) – Pan-and-scan [Charles H posting on Home Theater Forum]
Oh Men! Oh Women! (1957) - Anamorphic widescreen [DVD Talk & DVD Verdict]
One Foot In Hell (1960) - Anamorphic widescreen [DVD Talk]
Oregon Trail, The (1959) – Anamorphic widescreen [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Private’s Affair, A (1959) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [lionel59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, The (1959) - Non-anamorphic letterboxed [DVD Talk]
Right Approach, The (1961) - Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Rookie, The (1959) – Pan-sand-scan [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Say One For Me (1959) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Second Time Around, The (1961) - Anamorphic widescreen [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Secret of the Purple Reef, The (1960) – Pan-and-scan [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Sing, Boy, Sing (1958) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Son of Robin Hood, The (1959) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Sons and Lovers (1960) - Anamorphic widescreen [DVD Talk]
Staircase (1969) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [ahollis posting on Home Theater Forum]
Sweet Ride, The (1968) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Take Her, She’s Mine (1963) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Teenage Rebel (1956) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Tender Is the Night (1962) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Three Brave Men (1957) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Thunder Island (1963) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
True Story of Jesse James, The (1957) - ? [An anamorphic widescreen pressed DVD was issued earlier]
Twelve Hours To Kill (1960) – Pan-and-scan [Wade Sowers posting on Home Theater Forum]
Two Little Bears, The (1961) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Untamed (1955) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed (stereo) [davidHartzog posting on Home Theater Forum, and Amazon comments]
Visit, The (1964) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Wake Me When It’s Over (1960) – Anamorphic widescreen [lionel59 posting in Home Theater Forum]
Warlock (1959) - Pan-and-scan [SeanAx posting on Home Theater Forum] [An anamorphic widescreen pressed DVD was issued earlier]
Wizard of Baghdad, The (1960) – Pan-and-scan [benbrigade posting on Home Theater Forum]
Young Guns of Texas (1963) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]


Matted Widescreen (usually 1.85:1)

Day the Fish Came Out, The (1967) – Full Frame Rookie, The (1959) – Pan-sand-scan [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Gigot (1962) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Guru, The (1969)
Life In the Balance, A (1955) – Full frame, with a high quality recent transfer [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Princess of the Nile (1954) – Full Frame [Thomas T posting on Home Theater Forum]
Raiders From Beneath the Sea (1964) - Full frame [DVD Talk]
Rocket Man, The (1954) – Full Frame [lionel 59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
Salzburg Connection, The (1972) – Full Frame pan-and-scan [davidHartzog posting on Home Theater Forum]
Secret World (1969) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed (1.78:1) [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Sixth and Main (1977)
Staircase (1969) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [ahollis posting on Home Theater Forum]
Surf Party (1964) - Full frame [DVD Talk and ahollis posting on Home Theater Forum]
This Is My Life (1992)
Walk With Love and Death, A (1969) – Full Frame [DVD Verdict]
Welcome Home Soldier Boys (1972) – Full frame [jobla posting on Home Theater Forum]
Young Swingers, The (1963) - Full frame [DVD Talk and ahollis posting on Home Theater Forum]

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

Thunder Island
From Hell To Texas
One Foot In Hell
The Oregon Trail
and A Private's Affair.

All of these movies are presented letterboxed on DVD in 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
I can confirm this because I have all of these DVD's.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Thunder Island
From Hell To Texas
One Foot In Hell
The Oregon Trail
and A Private's Affair.

All of these movies are presented letterboxed on DVD in 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
I can confirm this because I have all of these DVD's.


Can you confirm as to whether they are anamorphically enhanced?

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

Thunder Island
From Hell To Texas
One Foot In Hell
The Oregon Trail
and A Private's Affair.

All of these movies are presented letterboxed on DVD in 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
I can confirm this because I have all of these DVD's.


Can you confirm as to whether they are anamorphically enhanced?



Sorry. I can't confirm this since I still use a regular old fashioned TV screen that doesn't accommodate the enhancement feature.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Thunder Island
From Hell To Texas
One Foot In Hell
The Oregon Trail
and A Private's Affair.

All of these movies are presented letterboxed on DVD in 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
I can confirm this because I have all of these DVD's.


Can you confirm as to whether they are anamorphically enhanced?


Sorry. I can't confirm this since I still use a regular old fashioned TV screen that doesn't accommodate the enhancement feature.



You and me both.

For now, we'll mark them as "Letterboxed (anamorphic enhancement not confirmed)" except for ONE FOOT IN HELL, which is confirmed as anamorphic from another source.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Great work, Bob. You can add Salzburg Connection to the list. It's supposed to be widescreen, but is listed as Pan & Scan.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 11:02 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Sadly, many of the MOD DVDs issued by the Fox Archive program that should be in anamorphic widescreen are issued in pan-and-scan or open frame format, or in non-anamorphic widescreen. This thread is intended to keep track of which of theses releases are in their intended widescreen format. The information listed on sales sites such as Amazon is often inaccurate. It is better to rely upon reviews or message board comments from people that have actually viewed these releases. As information becomes available from those sources regarding the true ratios of these videos, it will be posted here.

Below are all of the films that I have identified to date that should have been issued in either a CinemaScope/Panavision ratio or a matted widescreen ratio.

CinemaScope / Panavision

23 Paces To Baker Street (1956) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
All Hands on Deck (1957) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
April Love (1957)
Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)
Best Things In Life Are Free, The (1957)
Big Show, The (1961)
Bobbikins (1960) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, The (1976) - ? [An anamorphic widescreen pressed DVD was issued earlier]
Fiend Who Walked the West, The (1958) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Verdict]
Fraulein (1958) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
From Hell to Texas (1958) - Letterboxed (anamorphic enhancement not confirmed) [msmith post below]
Goodbye Charlie (1964) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Hatful of Rain, A (1957)
Hilda Crane (1956)
Holiday for Lovers (1959) - Anamorphic widescreen [DVD Talk]
Intent to Kill (1959) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Beaver]
It Happened In Athens (1962)
Lisa (1962) - Non-anamorphic letterboxed [DVD Talk]
Madison Avenue (1962)
Mardi Gras (1958)
Marines, Let’s Go! (1961)
Marriage-Go-Round, The (1960) - Anamorphic widescreen [DVD Talk]
Night People (1954)
Oh Men! Oh Women! (1957) - Anamorphic widescreen [DVD Talk & DVD Verdict]
One Foot In Hell (1960) - Anamorphic widescreen [DVD Talk]
Oregon Trail, The (1959) - Letterboxed (anamorphic enhancement not confirmed) [msmith post below]
Private’s Affair, A (1959) - Letterboxed (anamorphic enhancement not confirmed) [msmith post below]
Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, The (1959) - Non-anamorphic letterboxed [DVD Talk]
Right Approach, The (1961)
Rookie, The (1959)
Say One For Me (1959) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Second Time Around, The (1961)
Secret of the Purple Reef, The (1960)
Son of Robin Hood, The (1959)
Sons and Lovers (1960) - Anamorphic widescreen [DVD Talk]
Staircase (1969)
Sweet Ride, The (1968) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Take Her, She’s Mine (1963)
Teenage Rebel (1956) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Tender Is the Night (1962) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Three Brave Men (1957)
Thunder Island (1963) - Letterboxed (anamorphic enhancement not confirmed) [msmith post below]
True Story of Jesse James, The (1957) - ? [An anamorphic widescreen pressed DVD was issued earlier]
Twelve Hours To Kill (1960)
Two Little Bears, The (1961) - Pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
Untamed (1955) – Pan-and-scan
Visit, The (1964)
Wake Me When It’s Over (1960)
Warlock (1959) - Pan-and-scan [An anamorphic widescreen pressed DVD was issued earlier]
Wizard of Baghdad, The (1960)
Young Guns of Texas (1963)


Matted Widescreen

Day the Fish Came Out, The (1967)
Gigot (1962)
Guru, The (1969)
Life In the Balance, A (1955)
Raiders From Beneath the Sea (1964) - Full frame [DVD Talk]
Secret World (1969)
Sixth and Main (1977)
Surf Party (1964) - Full frame, possibly pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
This Is My Life (1992)
Walk With Love and Death, A (1969)
Welcome Home Soldier Boys (1972)
Young Swingers, The (1963) - Full frame, possibly pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]


Thanks for this list, Bob. I had no idea that FCA had issued that many legit letterboxed films -
there are a number I like to get eventually.
I dont understand the matted list - are they all matted widescreen? some are full frame and not matted? is matted WS correct for these films?
I wonder if FCA will ever redo some of the glaring mistakes they have made - especially when widescreen versions of some of them they have already done , such as A HATFUL OF RAIN which was shown on FMC letterboxed. My most wanted are UNTAMED, APRIL LOVE , SAY ONE FOR ME + THE WIZARD OF BAGDAD.
I hope if they ever issue REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER + KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES , they use the widescreen versions shown on FMC. And please dont issue PRINCE OF PLAYERS in pan/scan - this beautiful film deserves a widescreen remaster.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2013 - 12:38 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)



Matted Widescreen

Day the Fish Came Out, The (1967)
Gigot (1962)
Guru, The (1969)
Life In the Balance, A (1955)
Raiders From Beneath the Sea (1964) - Full frame [DVD Talk]
Secret World (1969)
Sixth and Main (1977)
Surf Party (1964) - Full frame, possibly pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]
This Is My Life (1992)
Walk With Love and Death, A (1969)
Welcome Home Soldier Boys (1972)
Young Swingers, The (1963) - Full frame, possibly pan-and-scan [DVD Talk]


Thanks for this list, Bob. I had no idea that FCA had issued that many legit letterboxed films -
there are a number I like to get eventually.
I dont understand the matted list - are they all matted widescreen? some are full frame and not matted? is matted WS correct for these films?
I wonder if FCA will ever redo some of the glaring mistakes they have made - especially when widescreen versions of some of them they have already done , such as A HATFUL OF RAIN which was shown on FMC letterboxed. My most wanted are UNTAMED, APRIL LOVE , SAY ONE FOR ME + THE WIZARD OF BAGDAD.
I hope if they ever issue REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER + KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES , they use the widescreen versions shown on FMC. And please dont issue PRINCE OF PLAYERS in pan/scan - this beautiful film deserves a widescreen remaster.

The matted films are likely 1.85:1, maybe even 1.66:1, (not 2.35:1 Cinemascope) with full frame being an open matte version.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 2:12 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Updated the ratios for HILDA CRANE and THE RIGHT APPROACH. See first post.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Fox Digital has been somewhat responsive and answered my e-mails, saying they are forwarding my concerns.

Here's the customer service e-mail for Fox Cinema Archives (foxdigitalcopy@4icc.com) and I would urge people to draft a polite message about this matter. I would cite the negative reviews on the Home Theater Forum and Amazon.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 10:28 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Fox Digital has been a somewhat responsive and answered my e-mails, saying they are forwarding my concerns.

Here's the customer service e-mail for Fox Cinema Archives (foxdigitalcopy@4icc.com) and I would urge people to draft a polite message about this matter. I would cite the negative reviews on the Home Theater Forum and Amazon.

Greg Espinoza


I was surprized when I checked my library website - that includes about 20 libraries - that there were over a dozen Fox Cinema Archives releases including three widescreen titles - all ones Ive never seen . Also it is worth checking worldcat as that covers all the US libraries.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 8:02 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

I kind of fall in line with the way Paul Mavis at DVD TALK ends most of his reviews for the Fox Cinema Archives--

"there's no excuse, Fox--NONE--for releasing a panned-and-scanned transfer of a widescreen movie in 2013."

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 11:27 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

I kind of fall in line with the way Paul Mavis at DVD TALK ends most of his reviews for the Fox Cinema Archives--

"there's no excuse, Fox--NONE--for releasing a panned-and-scanned transfer of a widescreen movie in 2013."


Absolutely true! But we may influence FCA to stop this -

btw didnt fox have a consumer vote at Home Theater Forum on what we wanted on Bluray - what happened to those titles?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Updates have been added to the list for the following films:

Best Things In Life Are Free, The (1957) – Pan-and-scan [Doug Bull posting on Home Theater Forum]
Big Show, The (1961) – Pan-and-scan [borisfw posting on Home Theater Forum]
Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, The (1976) - Anamorphic widescreen [lionel59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
From Hell to Texas (1958) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [lionel59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
Hatful of Rain, A (1957) – Pan-and-scan [Videodrone review]
It Happened In Athens (1962) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Madison Avenue (1962) - Pan-and-scan [borisfw posting on Home Theater Forum]
Night People (1954) – Pan-and-scan [Charles H posting on Home Theater Forum]
Oregon Trail, The (1959) – Anamorphic widescreen [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Private’s Affair, A (1959) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [lionel59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
Right Approach, The (1961) - Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Rookie, The (1959) – Pan-sand-scan [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Second Time Around, The (1961) - Anamorphic widescreen [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Secret of the Purple Reef, The (1960) – Pan-and-scan [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Sing, Boy, Sing (1958) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Son of Robin Hood, The (1959) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Staircase (1969) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [ahollis posting on Home Theater Forum]
Take Her, She’s Mine (1963) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Thunder Island (1963) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Twelve Hours To Kill (1960) – Pan-and-scan [Wade Sowers posting on Home Theater Forum]
Visit, The (1964) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Wake Me When It’s Over (1960) – Anamorphic widescreen [lionel59 posting in Home Theater Forum]
Wizard of Baghdad, The (1960) – Pan-and-scan [benbrigade posting on Home Theater Forum]

Day the Fish Came Out, The (1967) – Full Frame [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Gigot (1962) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Princess of the Nile (1954) – Full Frame [Thomas T posting on Home Theater Forum]
Rocket Man, The (1954) – Full Frame [lionel 59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
Salzburg Connection, The (1972) – Full Frame pan-and-scan [davidHartzog posting on Home Theater Forum]
Secret World (1969) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed (1.78:1) [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Surf Party (1964) - Full frame [DVD Talk and ahollis posting on Home Theater Forum]
Walk With Love and Death, A (1969) – Full Frame [DVD Verdict]
Welcome Home Soldier Boys (1972) – Full frame [jobla posting on Home Theater Forum]
Young Swingers, The (1963) - Full frame [DVD Talk and ahollis posting on Home Theater Forum]

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Updates have been added to the list for the following films:

Best Things In Life Are Free, The (1957) – Pan-and-scan [Doug Bull posting on Home Theater Forum]
Big Show, The (1961) – Pan-and-scan [borisfw posting on Home Theater Forum]
Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, The (1976) - Anamorphic widescreen [lionel59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
From Hell to Texas (1958) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [lionel59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
Hatful of Rain, A (1957) – Pan-and-scan [Videodrone review]
It Happened In Athens (1962) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Madison Avenue (1962) - Pan-and-scan [borisfw posting on Home Theater Forum]
Night People (1954) – Pan-and-scan [Charles H posting on Home Theater Forum]
Oregon Trail, The (1959) – Anamorphic widescreen [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Private’s Affair, A (1959) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [lionel59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
Right Approach, The (1961) - Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Rookie, The (1959) – Pan-sand-scan [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Second Time Around, The (1961) - Anamorphic widescreen [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Secret of the Purple Reef, The (1960) – Pan-and-scan [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Sing, Boy, Sing (1958) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Son of Robin Hood, The (1959) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Staircase (1969) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [ahollis posting on Home Theater Forum]
Take Her, She’s Mine (1963) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Thunder Island (1963) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Twelve Hours To Kill (1960) – Pan-and-scan [Wade Sowers posting on Home Theater Forum]
Visit, The (1964) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Wake Me When It’s Over (1960) – Anamorphic widescreen [lionel59 posting in Home Theater Forum]
Wizard of Baghdad, The (1960) – Pan-and-scan [benbrigade posting on Home Theater Forum]

Day the Fish Came Out, The (1967) – Full Frame [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Gigot (1962) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Princess of the Nile (1954) – Full Frame [Thomas T posting on Home Theater Forum]
Rocket Man, The (1954) – Full Frame [lionel 59 posting on Home Theater Forum]
Salzburg Connection, The (1972) – Full Frame pan-and-scan [davidHartzog posting on Home Theater Forum]
Secret World (1969) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed (1.78:1) [Lou Lumenick, N.Y. Post reviewer]
Surf Party (1964) - Full frame [DVD Talk and ahollis posting on Home Theater Forum]
Walk With Love and Death, A (1969) – Full Frame [DVD Verdict]
Welcome Home Soldier Boys (1972) – Full frame [jobla posting on Home Theater Forum]
Young Swingers, The (1963) - Full frame [DVD Talk and ahollis posting on Home Theater Forum]




With Fox screwing up the visuals on so many of these releases, one wonders how well they've handled the stereo sound on the Scope releases which originally had stereo tracks---including, among others:

BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE, THE
NIGHT PEOPLE
SECOND TIME AROUND, THE
WAKE ME WHEN IT'S OVER

.....etc.

I haven't seen ANYONE here---or over at HTF---discussing the stereo sound aspect of any of these Fox classics DVD-r releases.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Updates have been added to the list for the following films:

Battle at Bloody Beach (1961) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Mardi Gras (1958) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Marines, Let’s Go! (1961) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Three Brave Men (1957) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]
Young Guns of Texas (1963) – Pan-and-scan [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]

Life In the Balance, A (1955) – Full frame, with a high quality recent transfer [JoHud posting on Home Theater Forum]

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The following film has been updated on the list:

Untamed (1955) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed (stereo) [davidHartzog posting on Home Theater Forum, and Amazon comments]

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2014 - 10:27 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

The following film has been updated on the list:

Untamed (1955) – Non-anamorphic letterboxed (stereo) [davidHartzog posting on Home Theater Forum, and Amazon comments]


thats really good to know -- I have to see that one-

Ive just found out that many Fox titles have been released in Spain on dvd and Blu-ray(!) in widescreen that Fox archives have released in pan/scan editions .

Among the WIDESCREEN dvds are BOY ON A DOLPHIN, THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR, KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES, THE GIFT OF LOVE, THE ROOTS OF HEAVEN and TENDER IS THE NIGHT.

On BR is LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN - region free- for about $10 as well as other titles released in the US by Twilight Time.

 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2014 - 6:12 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I've had a pan-and-scan print of APRIL LOVE sitting in my vault for about 5 years. I inherited it with a group of films and never had any desire to see it. A couple of weeks ago I pulled it out and ran it. First, the pan-and-scan was not a big deal. More to the point, I was surprisingly charmed by the film. I have to attribute this to Henry Levin, who always directed with reserve and got honest and natural performances from his actors. I've never seen HOME IN INDIANA, so I can't compare APRIL LOVE to the original. But I enjoyed the remake very much.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2014 - 7:52 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

After years of public domain hell in the U.S., 1953's BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF has finally received an official video release from 20th Century Fox, as a made-on-demand DVD from the Fox Cinema Archives. Although the back of the box says that the transfer is in "4:3 (letterbox)," two reviews of the disc on the DVDTalk website confirm that it is instead in anamorphic widescreen, with a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/62945/beneath-the-12-mile-reef-fox-cinema-archives/

http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s4388reef.html

Equally confusing are the listings for the DVD on Amazon and SAE. Amazon gives an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and even more confusing, SAE lists it as "Screen Format: <2.35:1; Aspect Ratio: 1.33." But the DVDTalk reviews (and screencaps) confirm that it is at least 2.35: 1. I always thought that the film was in a 2.55:1 ratio, so perhaps the reviewers did not actually measure the aspect ratio of the DVD and just assumed that it is 2.35:1. The DVD Savant review notes that the film "does not look like 2:66."

 
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