Let me add a vast assortment of musicals (Gigi, My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly,
and The Music Man, just to name a few) where dance numbers are abysmally
cropped and parts of songs are often sung by offscreen voices (voices that
become embodied in the letterboxed versions).


In a message dated 5/10/00 9:47:48 AM, [log in to unmask] writes:

>In _Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home_, Spock, Kirk, and Taylor cannot be
>shown in the same shot in the front of the truck in pan and scan.  In
>_Dark City_, The table cannot be seen extending in pan and scan.  In
>_Heart and Souls_ the four spirits cannot be seen in the same shot near
>the beginning, flying toward Thomas.  In _Star Trek: The Motion Picture_,
>Wise's immensity compositions are destroyed because there is not a human
>in every shot, as in the widescreen version.  These arer examples I can
>think of odd the top of my head.  I know a number of scenes in _Dune_
>don't make any sense in pan and scan, and there is a scene in Jun Fukuda's
>_The War in Space_ (1977), that has a conversation shot from under a glass
>table.  In pan and scan (the only way it is available in the U.S., where
>it was released directly to television), all we can see are the noses of
>Ryo Ikebe and Kensaky Morita, as they have their conversation.  I once
>gave a speech on letterboxing and used this shot as an example of just
>damaging pan and scan can be.

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