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Old April 1 2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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TSFS BluRay - Letterboxed Opening Credits

I've just noticed that the opening credits on the TSFS BD are letterboxed while on the previous DVD editions they appear in widescreen.

Any explanation for this? What was it like on the VHS and LD editions?
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Old April 1 2013, 12:07 PM   #2
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Re: TSFS BluRay - Letterboxed Opening Credits

Remember that TSFS is in the 2.35:1 ratio, so it will still have bars on the top and bottom even when shown on a widescreen TV.
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Old April 1 2013, 12:11 PM   #3
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Re: TSFS BluRay - Letterboxed Opening Credits

That's not what I meant. On the DVD, it starts with a small window for the flashback scene from TWOK ... then the windows is getting larger until we have the 2.35:1 screen filled. On the BD however, it starts with a small window for the flashback and then it grows to full 2.35:1 just to go letterboxed (I mean smaller than 2.35:1) during the opening credits ... and then - just as the Enterprise enters the picture - it goes back to full 2.35:1 again.
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Old April 1 2013, 01:42 PM   #4
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Re: TSFS BluRay - Letterboxed Opening Credits

Do you mean pillerboxed rather than letterboxed? That may be where the confusion lies as the whole of TSFS will be letterboxed due to the aforementioned aspect ratio. Judging by the thumbnails of the screencaps over at TrekCore there does seem to be some pillerboxing going on (harder to see when viewing each shot individually as all the excess black bars are cropped).

Comparing the DVD and Bluray screenshots however, it looks like possibly there was some horizontal stretching of the picture on the DVD?
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Old April 1 2013, 02:26 PM   #5
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Re: TSFS BluRay - Letterboxed Opening Credits

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Do you mean pillerboxed rather than letterboxed?
I am not familiar with the term "pillerboxed" ... I thought it was "letterboxed", but English is not my native language, so I guess I was wrong.

There are black bars on both sides during the opening credits, and they are moving aside when the Enterprise enters the picture right after the credits. And it doesn't seem like the picture was stretched on the DVDs, there is actually more picture on both sides. I wonder if the BD represents the original theatrical version (which may or may not have been on the VHS or LD edition), while the DVDs have changed the credits to full width:

DVD: http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/a...1/tsfs0025.jpg
BluRay: http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/a...tsfshd0039.jpg
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Old April 1 2013, 02:50 PM   #6
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Re: TSFS BluRay - Letterboxed Opening Credits

I can't speak for STIII theatrically, but usually when you see pillarboxing on a home format, it's done to avoid the overscan on your TV cutting something important off.

That's less of a problem these days, but old habits (and transfers) die hard.

My old UK widescreen VHS of STIII used to inform me that the film featured an actress named AME JUDITH ANDERSO.
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Old April 1 2013, 03:47 PM   #7
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I can't speak for STIII theatrically, but usually when you see pillarboxing on a home format, it's done to avoid the overscan on your TV cutting something important off.
No, that's not it. The black bars on the sides slowly move into the picture at the beginning of the opening credits and then they slowly move back after the credits.

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My old UK widescreen VHS of STIII used to inform me that the film featured an actress named AME JUDITH ANDERSO.
And does it have the black bars on the sides during the opening credits?
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Old April 1 2013, 05:36 PM   #8
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"windowboxing"

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Old April 1 2013, 05:42 PM   #9
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I always thought The Search for Spock credit sequence looked incredibly cheap, regardless of format.
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Old April 1 2013, 06:35 PM   #10
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Re: TSFS BluRay - Letterboxed Opening Credits

Other examples of movies on Blu-ray where opening titles have been Pillarboxed include Grease and seven of the James Bond titles: Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker and The World Is Not Enough. In the case of JB, I'm pretty certain the title sequences were shot in different aspect ratios to the actual films, so, in order to preserve the entirety of the image, pillarboxing was instigated. I assume this is the case for TSFS also - but don't quote me!
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Old April 1 2013, 08:03 PM   #11
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Re: TSFS BluRay - Letterboxed Opening Credits

The reason for the 'pillarboxing was because some of the names during the credits (specifiically Dame Judith anderson) reached from nearly side to side in the frame. Because they didn't want (and are legally obliged to not to) cut off anybody's name they used pillarboxing for the credits only.

In the days of crt tvs there was an overscan issue where they had to be surethe manufacturers built-in overscan didn't cut off the picture.

In these days of flat screens without overscan (or where the consumer could adjust their TV to avoid overscan) it was a distracting travesty to ruin the credits by doing that. If you read the reviews at the time the Blu-rays came out---many people noted and lamented the use of pillarboxing.

And it's done in such a clumsy way to boot.

If we ever get a new set of the movies on Blu-ray--hopefully they won't repeat this defect.
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Old April 1 2013, 08:37 PM   #12
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In these days of flat screens without overscan (or where the consumer could adjust their TV to avoid overscan) it was a distracting travesty to ruin the credits by doing that. If you read the reviews at the time the Blu-rays came out---many people noted and lamented the use of pillarboxing.
But, are HD panels in the overwhelming majority at this point? I'm not so sure. This is purely anecdotal, but I know a lot of people who are still using 4:3 CRT sets - although admittedly, none with Blu-ray decks hooked up to them!
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Old April 1 2013, 08:51 PM   #13
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In these days of flat screens without overscan (or where the consumer could adjust their TV to avoid overscan) it was a distracting travesty to ruin the credits by doing that. If you read the reviews at the time the Blu-rays came out---many people noted and lamented the use of pillarboxing.
But, are HD panels in the overwhelming majority at this point? I'm not so sure. This is purely anecdotal, but I know a lot of people who are still using 4:3 CRT sets - although admittedly, none with Blu-ray decks hooked up to them!

You are right, not that many people are watching HD Blu-rays on SD CRT tvs---that's why what they did was so frustrating. Basically because of one actors long name they 'windowboxed' two or so minutes of footage--Jesus it was 2009 there were multiple ways of making sure that her name fit without so obviously crunching the picture horizontally.
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Old April 1 2013, 08:58 PM   #14
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Re: TSFS BluRay - Letterboxed Opening Credits

I don't think that's the reason, though. On the DVDs there is no pillarboxing and there even is some space left on both sides of her name.
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Old April 1 2013, 08:59 PM   #15
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Re: TSFS BluRay - Letterboxed Opening Credits

You're confusing two names here. A letterboxed image with black bars on the sides is "windowboxed". A 4x3 image displayed on a 16x9 set will have black bars on the sides. That's "pillarboxed".

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