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Old 2017-12-04 , 17:15
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Default Analysis of severe cropping on Terminator 2 broadcast (BucketList Ch)

I've commented on some minor issues in the past, but this one proved to be such a problem that I stopped watching. So I've put a fair bit of effort into illustrating it with comparative screenshots and hope the mods allow this thread to remain as constructive feedback.

Last week I was viewing the repeat of T2 on the Bucket List Channel, but immediately noticed the scenes felt cramped and zoomed-in, with text and important parts of the scenes falling off the screen. I had seen the movie in the past but thought I'd watch it again in HD and with proper sound, instead I had to abandon it about ten minutes in as I realised how severely the movie had been cropped to a 16:9 format.

I won't be dredging up the old arguments on the pros and cons of cropping, which go all the way back to the days of smaller and/or 4:3 screens. Partly because it's a long time since I encountered a tv without a zoom function for those who really have a problem with "black bars", but mostly because DSTV/M-Net broadcast movies with wider aspect ratios in letterbox format all the time these days, as any regular viewer of the movie channels can attest. Immediately after giving up on T2 I put on my recording of Blade Runner from the same Bucket List channel, and there it was with the full scenes visible in letterbox format. It's a shame that T2, which really needed that treatment too, didn't get it for some reason. Someone, somewhere made the decision to show a 16:9 version, possibly without realising the implications, and my hope is that my feedback might reach them for future consideration.

When I refer to cropping I obviously mean trimming the sides of the video track to produce an aspect ratio that is less "wide". It's one thing cropping a movie like Godfather 2 to 16:9 (around 1.78:1) because the original version was 1.85:1 and not much is lost. But T2 was originally released in 2.40:1 and the cropping to 16:9 is so severe as to ruin many scenes.

For this comparison I got hold of a Blu-ray disc and viewed it on my laptop while my recorded DSTV version played on my tv, allowing me to jump through the movie and compare a few scenes. The Blu-ray version is slightly cropped from the original to 2.35:1, but it's close enough that I'll refer to it as the original version below. Please note that I had to use different methods to obtain screenshots on my tv and laptop, and the intention is not to compare colour balance, resolution or anything else, merely to show what has been lost from these scenes.


(Setting the scene in the future war, showing how much of the scene we miss- which makes it harder to keep track of what's going on: )


DSTV (MNET Bucket List Channel) broadcast:


Original movie:


DSTV:


Original:



CONTD due to 4 image limit...
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Old 2017-12-05 , 10:52
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Thanks for approving, mods

(Now I can post some of the rest, only 7 scenes to go)
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Old 2017-12-05 , 10:57
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(Title, just as the screen brightens: )

DSTV:


Original:



(Text off the screen: )

DSTV:


Original:


Contd...
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Old 2017-12-05 , 11:00
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(T1000 searches for... er... John Connor I think: )

DSTV:


Original:



(Famous scene, just not quite the same: )

DSTV:


Original:


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Old 2017-12-05 , 11:03
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(The swing reminds us we're in the same playground we saw seconds earlier... just not in the DSTV version: )

DSTV:


Original:


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Old 2017-12-05 , 11:25
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For anyone wanting to understand / debate this further, much discussion and some feedback from MC were posted in another section here: Terminator 2 judgement day
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