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Are these full screen DVDs worth it?
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I was browsing blu-ray.com for full screen DVD releases and I found some that I think were not present in the Open Matte Master List here on the site. Have you ever watched any of the following FS DVDs and, if so, are they worth it as open matte versions? Have they been superseded by open matte WEB-DLs?

Da Vinci Code, The
Dark Knight, The
Day After Tomorrow, The
Devil Wears Prada, The
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Final Destination
Freaky Friday
I, Robot
Last Samurai
Mamma Mia
Mask, The
Mean Girls
Mummy, The
Mummy Returns, The
Saw
Scarface
Silence of the Lambs, The
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Troy
Van Helsing
X-Men
X2: X-Men United
X-Men: The Last Stand
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(2021-01-04, 05:31 AM)Eggman Wrote: I was browsing blu-ray.com for full screen DVD releases and I found some that I think were not present in the Open Matte Master List here on the site. Have you ever watched any of the following FS DVDs and, if so, are they worth it as open matte versions? Have they been superseded by open matte WEB-DLs?

Da Vinci Code, The
Day After Tomorrow, The
Devil Wears Prada, The
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Final Destination
Freaky Friday
I, Robot
Last Samurai
Mamma Mia
Mask, The
Mean Girls
Mummy Returns, The
Saw
Silence of the Lambs, The
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Troy
Van Helsing
X2: X-Men United
X-Men: The Last Stand

All those I kept in your quote are opened up for most shots. Some of these that are CG/VFX heavy have shots like these cropped to an extent but still showing more picture info than in OAR. The Dark Knight has some shots (mainly the Imax ones) opened up, but the rest IIRC was shot anamorphic and is definitely cropped.

Scarface and the first X-Men were shot Anamorphic and are P&S affairs.
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Excellent! It's weird to think that we're unlikely to see the full-frame versions of these films again. Then again, knowing how money-driven studios can be, I wouldn't be surprised if they somehow managed to market them as the "complete" definitive versions a few years down the line, to get us to buy them again (for a premium, of course).

It's interesting that the Mummy is P&S while its sequel isn't.
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