Steve T Power wrote:Oddly enough - the version i saw was in 4:3, and it kept messing with me, it didn't have Carpenter's usual use of frame, it looked a little "tall". And Dancini tells us in the review that it's been cropped to 1.78:1, which leads me to believe, based on the 4:3, that Carpenter might have intended it to be that way.
Andrew Forbes wrote:For what it's worth (I'm still skeptical) I got this reply from Shout! Factory in response to my inquiry re:intended aspect ratio:
The film was initially produced as a 4:3 TV Movie. But they did shoot
the film with the 1.85 theatrical format as a possibility so when John
Carpenter went back and turned it into a FEATURE (with additional
footage and a very different edit) it would be "widescreen".
When restoring this film, we sourced the THEATRICAL VERSION as it was
the most complete. You may notice the few scenes that have text or
graphics on screen appear to have been blown up or cropped for this
theatrical version. But in running the entire film side by side a 4:3
version, you will notice that the majority of the film includes more
information - not less as if cropped.
Hope this helps.
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