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#1 Landon D. Parks

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 03:22 AM

Well everyone,
I seen "The Orphan" on Friday. For this type of movie, I though it was pretty good. Not great mind you, but I would give it 8 out of 10 stars. Isabelle Furman's acting as Esther was spot on, and the overall look of the film was pretty good.

What do you think?
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#2 Mei Lewis

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 09:11 AM

I saw this a few nights ago on DVD at a friends house.
I'm not that into horror films, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

The picture in several scenes exhibited a strange problem, where it seemed things nearer the far left and right of the screen were squashed horizontally somewhat and the centre was stretched. It wasn't really noticeable during static shots, but when they camera moved things seemed to enlarge and shrink. I wrote it off as a problem with the disc, player or TV setup somehow, but then in some scenes near the end of the film where there were car headlights or torch lights in the frame they had extremely wide flares that went the whole width of the screen, so I thought it might have had something to do with an anamorphic lens, but I don;t know enough about that to say.

Anyone know?
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#3 Antti Näyhä

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 10:15 AM

Some anamorphic lenses (particularly old ones) do indeed cause such distortion as you described, often called the "anamorphic mumps". This film, however, was shot in flat 35mm with spherical lenses, so you're probably right about something being wrong with the TV settings.

The flares were probably digital effects added in post-production. That seems to be quite popular nowadays.
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