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Complete List Of Cropped & Open Matte Australian Releases

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Since so many Australian releases are cropped, it's about time a list was made so people are aware of which releases to avoid. All the below titles have an original aspect ratio (OAR) of 2.35:1 (except where stated otherwise), however have been cropped to 1.78:1 for Australian home video release on Blu-ray. This means they can have missing picture info on the left or right of the picture, or both. Also included are titles that are open matte - ie. more picture than the original ratio - they are marked as so.

There are some cases here where the OAR is not 2.35:1, but another ratio like 1.33:1, but has been cropped on the top and bottom instead. If you have a suggestion for an addition that is for a movie that is not 2.35:1, I can add it but only if there is a significant amount of picture lost - not just a few percent like what happens when a 1.85:1 film is cropped slightly to fit to 1.78:1 like what happens on a lot of Warner Brothers and Paramount Blu-rays where they don't release it in 1.85:1 OAR.

Cropped Releases

22 Bullets (Roadshow) - French version is OAR - Canadian version is OAR

And When Did You Last See Your Father? (Icon) - only released in AU

Astro Boy (Sony/Hoyts) - US version is OAR

Assassination of a High School President (All Interactive Entertainment) - German version is OAR, need confirmation

Awake (Icon) - US version is OAR

Black Death (Eagle Entertainment) - UK version is OAR

Bran Nue Dae (Roadshow) - US version is OAR

Buried (Icon) - starts off as 2.35:1 but then changes to cropped - US version is OAR

Brooklyn Rules (Icon) - German version may be OAR.

Cedar Boys (Sony) - only released in AU

Centurion (Roadshow) - US version is OAR

Death Defying Acts (Icon Home Entertainment) - German version is OAR

Doghouse (Eagle Entertainment) - UK version is OAR

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (Reel Entertainment) - US version is OAR

Elephant White (Roadshow) - US version is OAR

Everything Must Go (Madman) - US version is OAR

From Paris With Love (Sony) - US version is OAR

Forever Strong (Eagle Entertainment) - only released in AU

Gun (Eagle Entertainment) - US version is OAR

Hesher (Universal) - US version is OAR

I Love You Too (Roadshow) - only released in AU

Home of the Brave (All Interactive Entertainment) - US version is OAR

Human Contract (All Interactive Entertainment) - only released in AU

Larry Crowne (Pinnacle Films) - US version is OAR

Mother's Day (Reel) - UK version is OAR

Powder Blue (All Interactive Entertainment) - US version is OAR

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Pinnacle Films) - US version is OAR

Strange Bedfellows (Icon) - starts off as 2.35:1 but then changes to cropped - only released in AU

Stone (Roadshow) - US version is OAR

Surveillance (Warner) - US version is OAR

Tamara Drewe (Roadshow) - US version is OAR - UK version is OAR

Ten Canoes (Madman) - only released in AU

The Adventures of Tintin (Madman) - cropped from 4x3 to 16x9

The Blair Witch Project (Icon) - cropped from 4x3 to 16x9 - US version is OAR

The Code (All Interactive Entertainment) - US version is OAR

The First Grader (Roadshow) - Cropped/ Reframing. Depending on the Scene, there was either heaps of info missing from the Left or the Right

The Hitcher (Icon) - Canada version is OAR

The Maiden Heist (AI Entertainment/Pinnacle) - Canada version is OAR

The Other Man (Roadshow) - US version is OAR

The Red Baron (Eagle Entertainment) - UK version is OAR

The Resident (Roadshow) - US version is OAR

Thunderbirds (Reel) - cropped from 4x3 to 16x9, but more info on left side

War, Inc. (All Interactive Entertainment) - US version is OAR

Open Matte or reframing

100 Feet (Icon) - open matte & reframing - US version is OAR - more picture info on top/bottom, less on sides

Arn: The Knight Templar (Eagle) - reframing - US version is OAR - This includes both the Australian regular and Collector's editions

Battle for Haditha (Eagle Entertainment) - open matte - more picture top/bottom and ~5% more on the sides in certain scenes

Brothers (Roadshow) - open matte - US version is OAR

Dear John (Roadshow) - open matte - US version is OAR

Faces in the Crowd (Roadshow) - open matte & reframing - US version is OAR

Feast (Reel) - open matte - US version is OAR

Green Street Hooligans (Reel) - open matte & reframing - German version is OAR

I Melt With You (Universal) - US version is OAR - Majority of the film was Open Matte, But I noticed one scene was cropped . US is OAR.

New Town Killers (Eagle Entertainment) - open matte - UK version is the same, no OAR version available

Ninja (All Interactive Entertainment) - open matte & reframing - US version is OAR

Planet Terror (Roadshow) - open matte (director approved) - German and US versions are OAR (as Grindhouse double feature)

Road Train (Pinnacle Films) - open matte - only released in AU

Smart People (Icon) - open matte & reframing - US version is OAR - more picture info on top/bottom, less on sides

Solomon Kane (Roadshow) - reframing - UK version is OAR

Stage Beauty (Icon) - open matte & reframing - only released in AU, more picture info on top/bottom, less on sides

Tekken (Anchor Bay) - reframing - German version is OAR

The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (Icon) - open matte & reframing - US version is OAR - more picture info on top/bottom, less on sides

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (20th Century Fox) - open matte & reframing - director approved, all worldwide releases are the same

The Collector (Roadshow) - open matte & reframing - US version is OAR - more picture info on top/bottom, less on sides

The Evil Dead (Sony) - reframing (director approved) - US version is 4:3 OAR - top/bottom are cropped in reframing from 4:3 to 16:9

The Gift (aka Echelon Conspiracy) (All Interactive Entertainment) - open matte & reframing - US version is OAR - more picture info on top/bottom, less on sides

The Killing Machine (Icon) - open matte - US version is OAR

The King of Fighters (Eagle Entertainment) - open matte - German version is OAR

The Rebound (Roadshow) - open matte & reframing - UK version is OAR - more picture info on top/bottom, less on sides

The Reef (Pinnacle/All Interactive Entertainment) - open matte - US version is OAR

The Warrior's Way (Sony/Hoyts) - open matte - US version is OAR

Universal Soldier Regeneration (Revolution Entertainment) - open matte & reframing - US version is OAR

If anyone has any more to add please share!

Edited by XxDeadlyxX

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Doesn't really bother me, I'm not interested in any of those movies. ;)

There are definitely more than that, most of those are just ones I myself have found, but the amount of culprit titles is worrying.

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Wasn't Avatar cropped?

No. :P

Actually the 2.35:1 version seen in theaters was technically cropped, as it was shot in 16:9 and matted to 2.35:1 for some cinemas. So the 1.78:1 ratio on the Blu-ray is the full picture as intended by Cameron.

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Sorry I meant crapped. Wasn't it crapped?

;)

(Cheers. Thought the opposite before now).

Oh, you'll have to ask yorac about that one :lol:

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Would be inetersting (though some work) to list alternatives that aren't cropped. Unless of course this list means the US version isn't without exception?

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Would be inetersting (though some work) to list alternatives that aren't cropped. Unless of course this list means the US version isn't without exception?

Done ;)

And yeh the US versions are the best in almost all cases, in fact I don't think I've seen a US release that's cropped. AU must be the worst place to be anywhere in the world for dodgy releases <_< Except Alliance Canada, some of their releases are just as bad.

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meet joe black, watched it last night. great movie. but yeah is a cropped release.

uk edition actually. not sure if released in oz :)

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meet joe black, watched it last night. great movie. but yeah is a cropped release.

uk edition actually. not sure if released in oz :)

Are you sure? The aspect ratio of that movie is 1.85:1. Also it's released by Universal both in the UK and here and they have never cropped a film on Blu-ray so it's unlikely.

Unless you mean it's cropped slightly from the DVD (ie. different framing?). This list is mainly intended for 2.35:1 films that have been cropped... I'm not aware of any 1.85:1 film that has been cropped on Blu-ray, except for what some studios do (ie. Warner Brothers) where they make it fill the whole 1.78:1 frame instead which is a negligible difference.

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Are you sure? The aspect ratio of that movie is 1.85:1. Also it's released by Universal both in the UK and here and they have never cropped a film on Blu-ray so it's unlikely.

Unless you mean it's cropped slightly from the DVD (ie. different framing?). This list is mainly intended for 2.35:1 films that have been cropped... I'm not aware of any 1.85:1 film that has been cropped on Blu-ray, except for what some studios do (ie. Warner Brothers) where they make it fill the whole 1.78:1 frame instead which is a negligible difference.

its 16:9 (or 1.78:1) on blu-ray yes, so yeah not the original aspect ratio as per imdb

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119643/

which was shown in the theatres as 1.85:1

so yes been cropped for whatever reason going onto blu-ray.

1.85:1 is actually the most common aspect ratio films shot on since the 1990s so be a bit silly to ignore those :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)

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its 16:9 (or 1.78:1) on blu-ray yes, so yeah not the original aspect ratio as per imdb

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119643/

which was shown in the theatres as 1.85:1

so yes been cropped for whatever reason going onto blu-ray.

1.85:1 is actually the most common aspect ratio films shot on since the 1990s so be a bit silly to ignore those :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)

Yeh but there are waaaaay too many 1.85:1 films that are released as 16:9 to list here, there's hundreds.... pretty much everything released by Warner and Paramount do this. In those cases we're only losing a few % of picture info, if that. With cropped scope films we're losing tons of picture. When I said Universal have never cropped, I meant never cropped a scope film. None of the main studios do, at least in the US, that's why when we get the same transfer as the US it's a good thing. It's mainly dodgy AU distributors like Icon, Roadshow and Eagle Entertainment that screw things up.

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Sorry I meant crapped. Wasn't it crapped?

;)

(Cheers. Thought the opposite before now).

Oh, you'll have to ask yorac about that one :lol:

Yep it was crapped then recrapped with the extended version, thank god the PQ was good though as I don't know whether we could handle it being remastered, recrapped and in a JB 20% off sale......... :ninja:

don't own any of the titles mentioned but thanks for the list Xx...........

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Yeh but there are waaaaay too many 1.85:1 films that are released as 16:9 to list here, there's hundreds.... pretty much everything released by Warner and Paramount do this. In those cases we're only losing a few % of picture info, if that. With cropped scope films we're losing tons of picture. When I said Universal have never cropped, I meant never cropped a scope film. None of the main studios do, at least in the US, that's why when we get the same transfer as the US it's a good thing. It's mainly dodgy AU distributors like Icon, Roadshow and Eagle Entertainment that screw things up.

all very unfortunate, its the same that theyre doing to movies and other programs on TV.....

http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?s=&...t&p=1672959

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Excellent list and idea, I was thinking of the same thing... Could become an excellent resource!

Edited by judge25

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