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27 October 2013
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Well, truth be told, I never noticed a thing when I watched some of the same videos on the Band On The Run Archive Collection DVD a few months ago.  I just checked them because I was sure they were different, but no, they are the same versions.  After reading the reviews, my mind started wondering what was missing from the frame of these videos that I had never seen in the first place.

Can those who have seen the originals confirm that we are missing something essential? Or is it basically the same, with a tiny bit cut out of the frame here and there?

I read a discussion on Amazon in which the director of the McCartney Years participated.  He said that it took years of painstaking detail to reframe the videos and create true widescreen versions.  It seems a bit of a waste to make all that effort if you are in effect destroying the videos.  But I can't confirm that they are ruined because I never saw them anyway.

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27 October 2013
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I did hear that the McCartney II era vids were meant to be quite poor quality, is that true?

 

At least they havent been changed as with the Lennon Legend DVD.blue-meanie

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^ The McCartney II era ones look ok to me considering some of them would likely have been on video originally and not film.

And ExpertT, the cropping does not bother me TOO much, though occasionally the top or bottom of someone's head will be cut off, where there would have been some space above it originally - that is about the extent of it.  There is one shot on one of the videos (I can't recall which one) where two members of Wings are split screen, one on top of the other, and it is noticeable there as they just don't fit on the cropped image.

I like your comment from the director - 'It took years of chopping bits out of the Mona Lisa to make it look the way it should for a modern audience'.

As a former film reviewer I find this whole thing crazy - we spent years fighting against 'pan and scan' - where widescreen images were chopped up to fit a TV screen; and now some git does the opposite and chops up TV shaped images to 'fit' widescreen.  I think they did some of the same with the Queen videos, to the same mixed reviews.

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McCartney II era ones look ok to me considering some of them would likely have been on video originally and not film.

And ExpertT, the cropping does not bother me TOO much, though occasionally the top or bottom of someone's head will be cut off, where there would have been some space above it originally - that is about the extent of it.  There is one shot on one of the videos (I can't recall which one) where two members of Wings are split screen, one on top of the other, and it is noticeable there as they just don't fit on the cropped image.

I like your comment from the director - 'It took years of chopping bits out of the Mona Lisa to make it look the way it should for a modern audience'.

As a former film reviewer I find this whole thing crazy - we spent years fighting against 'pan and scan' - where widescreen images were chopped up to fit a TV screen; and now some git does the opposite and chops up TV shaped images to 'fit' widescreen.  I think they did some of the same with the Queen videos, to the same mixed reviews.

Yes, it's ridiculous.  And I think I actually have the old version of the John Lennon videos on a DVD a friend gave me.  I think it's called something like the John Lennon Video Collection.

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