to be Presented in CinemaScope Format
28, 2001 - by digitalmediafx.com) On June 15, 2001, Disney
will release Atlantis: The Lost Empire in a format
known as "CinemaScope".
is not new to the animation industry. It was widely used
in cartoon shorts (mostly MGM) starting in the mid-1950's.
A sample of animated films that have used CinemaScope
in the past include Lady and the Tramp, Anastasia,
and A Bug's Life.
Australia gives the following definition of CinemaScope:
"The anamorphic principle is as follows: a cylindrical
lens over a normal spherical lens squeezes a 2X horizontal
picture onto a standard 35mm frame. When projecting through
a complimentary lens, this produces a wide picture ratio
of 2.55 to 1. with 4-track magnetic sound, or 2.35 to
1 with optical sound. (The original CinemaScope used a
ratio of 2.66 to 1)."
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to the Widescreen Museum, "CinemaScope is a completely
engineered system for the practical presentation of wide
screen pictures combined with true stereophonic sound
and so designed as to provide the greatest approach to
realism in motion picture story telling which has yet
been achieved. This realism is possible because the CinemaScope
scheme permits using lenses during the photography which
gives the most natural perspective; the angles of view
in the presentation of CinemaScope approach that to which
we are accustomed in life and the effect of stereophonic
sound is to assist in bringing the performance to the
stage or area before the audience."
short, CinemaScope compresses the image on film then stretches
it out for the presentation in theaters. Audiences aren't
likely to notice any differences when Atlantis
is presented in CinemaScope format on June 15, unless
watching the presentation on a curved screen.
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