“why is Netflix secretly cropping movies?” [updated]
WTF, Netflix? From Flavorwire:
The Tumblr What Netflix Does is drawing attention to the company’s practice of showing wider-screen movies — films shot in the “Scope” formats, in the neighborhood of 2.39:1 instead of the standard widescreen ratio of 1.85:1. To put it simply, at risk of being boring: most movies and TV shows fill your 16:9 widescreen TV, while others, usually epics and big action movies and the like, shoot in the wider “Scope” format, which thus requires the black bars on even a widescreen TV, so you can see the entire frame (just as the bars were required to see standard widescreen movies on a square TV). But Netflix has quietly, without any notation or indication of alteration, been doing stuff like this:
Examples, from What Netflix Does:
The Planet of the Apes (1968) before Netflix…
I love this one. The Passion of the Christ before Netflix…
That other thief up on Calvary was just redundant, after all.
Read the full Flavorwire piece and see more examples at What Netflix Does. It’s all enraging.
UPDATE: Reader Jimmy writes:
Over the last 3 years I’ve sent numerous complaint emails about this cropping nonsense to Netflix with not a single response back. what does that mean? i have no fracking clue.
A few weeks ago I started up a petition for them rat bastards to disclaim any modifications made on the films they present. i Personally don’t care who does the cropping – i just want to know IF it was cropped.
The Change.org petition is here.