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    NetworkOnAir has a good reputation for both releasing old British films and for releasing them in their original Aspect Ratio. That is great.

    However with THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE they appear to have slipped up. The film was shot in 2.35 DyaliScope but for their new DVD it is advertised as being in 1.78.

    Is this a slip up ? Has anyone bought the DVD and can confirm that the film is not shown in 2.35 Scope ? It is a pity as I would have bought it if it was being released in its correct ratio.

    Here is the link, click on 'Details'
    http://networkonair.com/shop/967-day...-fire-the.html

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    I recently e-mailed them about this and they confirmed that it is 2.35:1.

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    Thanks for that. Great news. I have just ordered it.

    I always check that DVDs are in the correct aspect ratio before I buy them. Even with some new DVDs, they can be incorrectly formatted or have confusing or inaccurate labelling.

    Good on Network for releasing these old films in their correct ratio.

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    I have Network's release of this and can confirm that it's an excellent 2.35:1 aspect ratio print.

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    Network are normally very good at specifying the Aspect Ratio, but some reason on this film, both on the DVD (which I now have) and on their website, the picture format is given as the more general 16:9 anamorphic rather than specifically stating 2.35.

    I do agree with the comment above that it is an excellent print.

    Black and white Scope -- I rather like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crunchie View Post
    I have Network's release of this and can confirm that it's an excellent 2.35:1 aspect ratio print.
    That's my experience too. The only criticism I have is that in some scenes the whites are too bright, rather like an over-exposed photograph. Apart from that it's 10 out of 10.

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    Released November 17th/ BFI. Not sure why they would want to do this when it has already had two releases with Network.
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    Doesn't say its blu ray but must be surely otherwise what's the point as you say.

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    The Network DVD was promoted in their 'Last Chance' sale a short while back at a very good price of around �3-�4. I see that the film is now no longer on their catalogue so I presume that their rights have expired and the sale was an attempt to clear their stock.

    I bought a copy a while back and was pleased with both the film and the picture quality. I think BFI are pushing their luck a bit if as the new rights owners they are trying now to sell the DVD for �19.95. I would not pay that sort of money; it's not worth it. Network have shown that there is a market, albeit limited, for old movies but are clever enough to sensibly price them.

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    You can see it in all its widescreen glory at the BFI South bank on the 28th August.

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    it's actually part of the open air season at The British Museum which is in conjunction with the BFI. Last years Gothic showings were very popular so they've decided to do it again this year.

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