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Old 15-06-2011, 07:50   #101
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I don't think there will be one. The other titles that were released here seem to have gone OOP in their single disc incarnation. The amazon prices have already gone a bit stupid for 2001.
Yeah I noticed that 2001 price had gone up a bit - perhaps worth selling mine to fund a box set
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Old 15-06-2011, 08:20   #102
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For all Kubrick's obsessiveness in filming Barry Lyndon, he doesn't appear to pay any attention to the aging process of his lead during the story. Ryan O' Neal begins the movie as a teenager, sometime in the mid-1750s and the last we see of him is
yet he doesn't look a day older than at the start of the movie.
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Old 15-06-2011, 08:50   #103
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Isn't that just called "being Ryan O'Neal in the 1970s"?
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Old 15-06-2011, 09:26   #104
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That's Kubrick in a nutshell though. For all his obsessiveness, there are certain things he didn't give a toss about.
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For anyone who is geeky about Kubrick and his aspect ratios, Glenn Kenny has a good blog post about Barry Lyndon:

http://somecamerunning.typepad.com/
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Old 22-06-2011, 10:57   #106
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Thanks for posting that, bosque.
Bloody hell! That and the linked to Leon Vitali response don't help at all!
What is the definitive answer? Why didn't they just go with 1.66:1? Warners saying "we are 100% in compliance with Mr. Kubrick's wishes" just doesn't make sense! Sounds like they went with 1.78:1 so that HD tvs would be filled!

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Old 22-06-2011, 11:06   #107
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Ah, the infamous letter to the Lyndon projectionist has finally surfaced. Like the 1.85 markings on the Shining storyboards, it's hard evidence that 1.66 was what Stan framed Lyndon for. BUT I'm not gonna start ragging on Vitali or indeed the Blu-ray because the movie looks perfect at 1.78. He's got his story, and he's sticking to it. And if Warners wanted screens to be filled, then why not adjust Lolita and Clockwork Orange to 1.78 too?

And people need to stop saying that Vitali signed off on past 1.66 versions because that just isn't true. He approved an open-matte version (in keeping with the video release of everything else Kubrick did post-Orange) which was hard matted in-camera to roughly 1.59. No 1.66 version has ever been released on home video.

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Old 22-06-2011, 11:25   #108
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I don't overly care about the difference between 1:66 and 1:78, but it was blatant to me from his comments on the digitalbits a few weeks back that Vitali was untrustworthy. I didn't know until this latest article that 2001 / Batman editor Ray Lovejoy had died. As soon as LV added him to his anecdotal final solution, however, it was obvious he had to have shuffled off as this is how Vitali rolls.
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And if Warners wanted screens to be filled, then why not adjust Lolita and Clockwork Orange to 1.78 too?
Good point!
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BUT I'm not gonna start ragging on Vitali or indeed the Blu-ray because the movie looks perfect at 1.78.
IMO someone would have to have an amazingly good eye (Kubrick-like ?) to distinguish between 1:66 and 1:78. I suppose we could maybe see smidgens of difference in rag-ends of the picture if we could switch between the two aspect ratios but like Niceguygeoff I think Barry Lyndon looks great, almost certainly as good as we're going to get on a Blu-Ray transfer.
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finally seen Barry Lyndon (never seen the film before). The outside scenes in HD which are framed like paintings are superb. The indoor scenes, particularly the ones by candle light are pretty blurred at times.

Really enjoyed it - 3 hours flew by and visually it looks great.
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