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This is one of the best mini-documentaries about widescreen I've ever seen! Famous Hollywood directors Martin Scorsese, Curtis Hanson, Sydney Pollack, and Michael Mann all explain why widescreen movies should only be shown in widescreen. An absolutely fantastic testimonial! Many, many thanks to Paul Muench for providing the original clip!
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Leonard Nimoy explains the letterboxing procedure and why he chose it to film "Star Trek IV". This clip is from the Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home DVD and the Director's Edition VHS.
This is a great comparison flyer that you can use for educating those who need to be educated. Designed by Nathan Dickson specifically for widescreen.org and made available for anyone to use. Both files are print quality, but the PDF is better for printing. Thanks, Nathan!
John Carpenter explains why he prefers to shoot his movies in widescreen, specifically Panavision.
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Martin Scorsese explains how widescreen movies suffer greatly from the pan-and-scan process and how the widescreen version of movies preserves what the entire film making crew wanted you to see.
This segment, used by American Movie Classics during their Fourth Annual Film Preservation Festival, offers great examples and explanations of why the widescreen format is the best way to watch movies.
This is a great explanation and brief history of the widescreen process that was created by the Fox Movie Channel. This video is no longer available on their web site.
This is CNN's report by correspondent Fred Katayama announcing the death of DIVX and why it failed.
This clip from the classic comedy The Princess Bride demonstrates the potential problems with matted widescreen movies.
These are original scenes from Walt Disney's immortal classic Fantasia. These scenes were censored out of the VHS and DVD releases because of the potential for being accused of racism. Although the DVD release was called "uncut and unedited" on the back of the DVD box, each of these files shows a different scene that was edited or deleted out completely of the U.S. DVD and VHS releases.
To download any of these clips, right-click on the link to the appropriate file and save the file to your hard drive.