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no definitive DVD or blu-ray?


I'd like to clear shelf space eventually but for now I have two DVD's of the same movie... one's in better quality while the other is in the proper aspect ratio.

This film was shot quite beautifully in 2.35:1 but my most recent DVD release from Anchor Bay is cropped to make it 1.77:1. Their old disc from 2000 was in the proper aspect ratio, but only 4x3 and very fuzzy. Does the Blu-ray give us a nice clean 2.35 presentation or is it cropped too? Is there any release yet that really "gets it right"?

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The UK Blu-ray by Anchor Bay is unfortunately cropped to 1.77:1 although it does seem to have some extra footage not on the dvd.I emailed Anchor Bay to see if they were going to re-release in the correct ratio but they couldn`t be bothered to reply.2.35:1 remastered Director`s cut would be very nice to own.

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That's a shame really, Akkad, who is much better known for producing the American Halloween series was actually a really damn good director. Unfortunate he only made 2 movies, this and The Message (though technically 3 if you count Al-risalah). I hope it gets restored one day.

We’re trying to pretend as if these comic books don’t exist. - David Goyer on the DCEU

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German Blu Ray 2018 is 2.35 but region B.
Https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Lion-of-the-Desert-Blu-ray/197760/

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