David Locke wrote:I think that overall the Entire Mystery transfer of FWWM is the best one. Certainly better than the earlier European blu from a few years before, which had a weird green tint IIRC. The New Line DVD looks pretty good all things considered, but I think the contrast is probably artificially boosted. I am fond of it in certain ways just because I'm used to it, though.
As far as anamorphic... Lynch didn't shoot FWWM, MD, Eraserhead or IE anamorphically. They're all 1.85:1 (or is Eraserhead full-frame? It was 1.85 on the latest Lynch-approved Criterion). Though it's true that all his other features are 2.35 anamorphic. However, I suspect the new season will be the standard TV 1.78:1/16:9 ratio. While Lynch does have a liking for anamorphic, in recent years he hasn't had a problem not going wide, and doing that for television is uncommon and typically not worth the trouble. I believe True Detective S2 was shot anamorphically but cropped or framed for 1.78:1 -- and House of Cards, as has been mentioned, is in 2:1 -- but I can't recall any other series that have been shot, let alone actually presented in 2.35:1. It would be interesting to see, though! I have an usual preference for the 'Scope frame...
Yeah, Eraserhead's 1.85 but was probably shown full frame quite a bit when it was doing the midnight movie circuit in the 70s.
MD obviously began life as a TV show so was 1.85 framed for 1.33. Had it started as a movie without ABC then it would likely have been 2.35 too in the spirit of Wild at Heart/Lost Highway. Inland Empire was shot on a DV cam so anamorphic was quite out of the question!
Is that right about True Detective? I've never heard of anamorphic 2.35 being cropped to 1.78. Must look a little odd?