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#1 Damien Andre

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 11:11 PM

LOTR is in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, imdb says it was shot anamorphic. however it shows none of the artifacts I associate with anamorphic. but the image quality to my eyes looks to good to be a 2.40:1 crop. whats going on here?
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 11:46 PM

LOTR is in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, imdb says it was shot anamorphic. however it shows none of the artifacts I associate with anamorphic. but the image quality to my eyes looks to good to be a 2.40:1 crop. whats going on here?


IMDB page correctly says that it was shot in Super-35:
http://www.imdb.com/...20737/technical

The release print format was scope (anamorphic) however since Super-35 is not a projection format.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 11:51 PM

More on Super-35:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_35
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#4 John Sprung

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 01:15 AM

.... it shows none of the artifacts I associate with anamorphic. ....


That would be consistent with it being shot flat Super 35, and the anamorphic release being created digitally in the DI.




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Posted 02 July 2011 - 01:02 PM

i see, mustve read that wrong. in that case, im really surprised how good a 2.4:1 crop can look
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#6 Ben Syverson

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 01:31 PM

Keep in mind that the films are heavily augmented with CG and aggressive DI treatments. What you're seeing is about as far from a "straight" crop from S35 as you can get.
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