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#1 Ignacio Aguilar

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 11:18 AM

Saw it today. I've enjoyed it quite a lot and I think that it deserved more attention than it has had.

I also liked solid Menges' work (both landscape and the more intimate interiores, very natural looking with very nice colors from the Fuji stocks), but I've been dissapointed with the lack of sharpness and graininess of the print that I've seen. Perhaps it was just a bad one, but nowadays I'm used to watch much better image quality from a Super-35 negative.

Any info on why Menges didn't use anamorphic on this one? Very few scenes take place in low-light situations, and Menges has been favoring that the format in the past (for Sean Penn's The Pledge he even used an anamorphic zoom for most of the film). To my eye, the film was blown-up optically and there were no credits on a D.I, but I haven't found an article about it yet.
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Posted 19 February 2006 - 11:24 AM

Not seen the film , but sure its Panavision anamorphic . john holland
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#3 Ignacio Aguilar

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 11:28 AM

Trust me, John, it was spherically lensed...

"North Country", the other film Menges shot the last year, also was Super-35 and Fuji Stocks, though it did use a D.I.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 11:47 AM

The Fuji newsletter said it was all shot on the old 500T (not the new Eterna) and no D.I. was used, although he desparately wanted one in order to play with the contrast more. There's no mention of Super-35 vs. anamorphic, but it sounds like a Super-35 shoot.
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#5 Max Jacoby

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 06:46 PM

I saw this one some months ago and yes, it was definitely Super 35. I too was a bit disappointed by the look, soft and grainy as Igancio mentioned. I don't really see the point of shooting everything on 500T, there were lots of wide, day exteriors and the choice of filmstock seemed to work against the way the film was shot.
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