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Barton Fink Blu Ray (5 replies and 3 comments)

blueodyssey
1 week ago
blueodyssey 1 week ago

Hi Roger. Kino Studio Lorber have just released a new version of Barton Fink on Blu Ray, presented in a differing 1.66 aspect ratio as compared to the Universal disc which is in 1.85. Which is correct?

The two look quite different from each other too. Which one is the most definitive in capturing the original look as you shot it? I have attached a link to the comparison of the two. http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film5/blu-ray_reviews_69/barton_fink_blu-ray.htm

blueodyssey
1 week ago
blueodyssey 1 week ago

blueodyssey
1 week ago
Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

We protected that film for 1:66 as this was what was done at that time for the TV release. Personally, I quite like the 1:66 aspect ratio for that film but I am disappointed that I was not informed about the Blue Ray version and therefore did not oversee it's timing.

HugeCocteauFan
4 days ago

It is disappointing because the Blu-Ray isn't near as great as it should be. Kino has been making some missteps lately, especially with their handling of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and their arrogant dismissal of fans' concerns. I'm no longer buying anything from them anymore.

blueodyssey
2 days ago

Thanks for the reply, Roger. That is disappointing. Which Blu Ray version would you say is the best of the two for Barton Fink as it stands?

Roger Deakins
3 days ago
Roger Deakins 3 days ago

That is a pity. There is nothing that you can do if you are not asked.

Canuck
3 days ago
Canuck 3 days ago

A 20th anniversary limited edition of “Fargo” has just been released. Sadly, there is no Mr. Deakins involvement.

I’m guessing that Kino did not want shell out the extra bucks for Mr. Deakins to supervise the transfer, like he did for the recent Criterion release of “Sid & Nancy.” 

It’s really a shame since Kino has great titles in their catalogue. I’m ecstatic about their upcoming blu-ray of “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” And then there is the long-swirling rumour about Kino planning a blu-ray of “Come and See.” A friend recently saw “Dunkirk” and I asked him about how it stack up against “Come and See.” He simply said: “Well, ‘Come and See’ is not a movie. That was real.”

Roger Deakins
2 days ago
Roger Deakins 2 days ago

I don't get paid and I don't expect to get paid for overseeing new DVD timings of old films.

Yes, 'Come and See' was certainly real.

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