We’re long past the time when the arguments over aspect ratio is among the most loudest parts of the discussion of a home video release. Widescreen TVs have become standard, and the old pan-and-scan transfers that cropped the sides of a film to fit classic televisions without letterboxing are increasingly a thing of the past.*
But for older films, questions of presentation persist. Criterion is taking the relatively unusual step of packing three presentations of On the Waterfront onto the film’s new Blu-ray and DVD release: you can see the movie in 1.33, 1.66, and 1.85 ratios. A new featurette explains not only the reason for that decision, but the relative virtues of each aspect ratio. It’s a great video that compresses some important film info into just a few minutes. Read More »
A couple weeks back, we posted the schedule for the Alamo Drafthouse’s 2010 Rolling Road Show. The traveling movie screening series just one of the many reasons the Alamo Drafthouse is the greatest movie theater on the planet. For those who don’t know, the Drafthouse travels around the United States to present one-time-only screenings of classic films using a portable movie theater which they set-up in famous locations from the films. This year’s line-up includes Jackie Brown, Dirty Harry, There Will Be Blood, Convoy, The Blues Brothers, Robocop, Rocky I-III, On The Waterfront, and The Godfather Part II.
To promote each of the screenings, Alamo has commissioned UK artist Olly Moss to create posters for each of the screenings. We’ve featured Moss many times on the site in the past (Locke inspired Lost poster and t-shirt, The Evil Dead Poster), and is probably best known for his popular t-shirt designs which have spread across the interwebs (the Spoilers t-shirt and a series of retro movie poster remakes that we previously featured in Cool Stuff, and Shoot The Baddies). Hit the jump to see Moss’ awesome designs for the Rolling Roadshow films, along with more information about the upcoming events.
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FlowingData have converted some of the most famous movie quotes in this history of cinema into an infographic. Check it out, embedded after the jump.
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