RE: Letterbox vs reformatted

Jim Scholtz (jscholtz@sdln.net)
Mon, 23 Mar 1998 09:03:55 -0700 (MST)

Hi There, What Carol is saying is true, at leaast to me. Seeing Ben Hur
in letterbox (wide-screen) format is much more pleasing to me than
watching a cropped version - you can't even see the other drivers in the
chariot race on the cropped version!! I would, however, think that it
would be aadvantageous for patrons to be able to access videos by the term
"letter-box. " Do any libraries make the 250 field searchaable in their
bibliographic database or include a 690 or searchable note 5xx field with
this information. Overkill maybe - helpful - probably. I'm sure that
your catalogers of video will love you for this suggestion. What d'ya
think. Jim Scholtz.

On Sat, 21 Mar 1998, Findlay Hancock Library wrote:

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> Dear Listserv Members:
> Seems to me letterbox is the WHOLE movie---you know, the one you pay for =
> at the theatre. Without the letterbox format, you don't get to see the =
> sides of the film. As the movies are a part of artistic expression, who =
> are we to argue with the director? My patron's don't mind letterbox, if =
> they come that way, we get them that way.
> Regards,
> Carol Dunn
> Audio Visual/NT Manager
> Findlay Hancock County Public Library
> 206 Broadway
> Findlay, Ohio 45840
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> Phone:419-422-1712
> Fax: 419-422-0638
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> http://www.findlay.lib.oh.us
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Judy Jones [SMTP:JONESJM@libraryserver.lib.csus.edu]
> Sent: Friday, March 20, 1998 4:52 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: Re: Letterbox vs reformatted
>
> Please help me here. Don't most people own normal TV sets? As an=20
> individual, nothing is more irritating to me than to rent a movie and=20
> get it home and find out it is "letterbox." I want my whole screen=20
> filled up with picture. What am I supposedly missing out on? =20
>
> Oh, we don't purposely order any titles in Letterbox here at CSUS. =20
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> Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 13:40:45 -0800
> Reply-to: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> From: Myles Jaeschke <mjaesch@ns1.tccl.lib.ok.us>
> To: Multiple recipients of list =
> <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> Subject: Re: Letterbox vs reformatted
>
> Wow,=20
> I just joined this list and already interesting topic! When a video is=20
> available both ways, I don't even consider "pan and scan". Our system=20
> is medium-large--23 branches and 1 central library. When I order=20
> videos, some of the other branches attach to my order so, they too get=20
> what I order. (Widescreen) If a title is "letterboxed" our catalogers=20
> specify in the record if the title is "letterboxed". If it is not=20
> letterboxed then no notation is made.
>
> In short, educate the public, buy "Widescreen"!
>
> Hope this helps,
> Myles Jaeschke
> Film Librarian
> Tulsa City-County Library
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