The Anamorphic Conspiracy!

If like me, one of the factors that fuels whether you purchase a DVD or not is a film being presented in its original aspect ratio with anamorphic enhancement, then this reference is for you. Many studios either fail to state whether a title is anamorphic or not, or simply lie, claiming it is when in fact it isn't. The list presented below is a list of all widescreen films that are either stated incorrectly on the packaging or simply do not state it at all. If you know of any corrections or additions, please post here, or post here on the forums.




TITLES WITH INCORRECT PACKAGING RE: ANAMORPHIC ENHANCEMENT
The Abyss
R1/2/4, Fox, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic Despite Packaging Claims - Submitted by RT & KAC
Battlestar Galactica
R2, Universal, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic Despite Packaging Claims - Submitted by Raphph
Belle de Jour
R1, Miramax, 1.66:1, Non-Anamorphic Despite Packaging Claims - Submitted by SimonI
Cube
R2, Pathe, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic Despite Packaging Claims - Submitted by McD
Field Of Dreams
R2, Universal, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic Despite Packaging Claims - Submitted by Raphph
For A Few Dollars More
R2, MGM, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic Despite Packaging Claims - Submitted by Kanedaa
Four Weddings & A Funeral
R2, MGM, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic Despite Packaging Claims - Submitted by Pentasa
Kalifornia
What a mess up! The R1/2 Columbia Tristar version was anamorphic but presented in the incorrect ratio of 1.85:1, and the MGM re-release presents the film in the correct ratio of 2.35:1 but is non-anamorphic, despite claiming to be on the packaging! Submitted by Squirrel God
National Lampoon's Animal House
R2, Universal, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic Despite Packaging Claims - Submitted by McD
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
R1, Warner, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic Despite Packaging Claims - Submitted by Narshty




TITLES WHERE ANAMORPHIC ENHANCEMENT IS UNCLEAR

2001: A Space Odyssey (Original Release)
R1, Warner, 2.20:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by DeadKenny
2001: A Space Odyssey (Remastered Re-Release)
R1/2/4, Warner, 2.20:1, Anamorphic - Submitted by DeadKenny
2010
R2, Warner, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Armageddon
R1, Criterion, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic (R2 Is Anamorphic) - Submitted by DeadKenny
Barry Lyndon
R1/2/4, Warner, 1.66:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by DeadKenny
Batman (1989)
R1/2/4, Warner, 1.85:1, Anamorphic - Submitted by DeadKenny
Batman Returns
R1/2/4, Warner, 1.85:1, Anamorphic - Submitted by Raphph
Batman Forever
R1/2/4, Warner, 1.85:1, Anamorphic - Submitted by Raphph
Batman & Robin
R1/2/4, Warner, 1.85:1, Anamorphic - Submitted by Raphph
Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker
R2, Warner, 1.77:1, Non-Anamorphic (Packaging claims 4:3) - Submitted by RDNZL
Black Rain
R2/4, Paramount, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Born On The Fourth Of July
R2, Universal, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Brazil
R0, Criterion, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by DeadKenny
Carlito's Way
R2/4, Universal, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Casino
R2/4, Universal, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic (Region 1 is Anamorphic) - Submitted by RDNZL
Clockwork Orange, A (Both Versions)
R1/2/4, Warner, 1.66:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by DeadKenny
Cop Lamd
R2, Buena Vista, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Dead Zone, The
R2, Sanctuary, 1.85:1, Anamorphic (Stretched unless viewed on Widescreen TV) - Submitted by Narshty
Delicatessen
R2, Momentum, 1.85:1, Anamorphic - Submitted by SimonI
Donnie Brasco
R2, EIV, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Dr. Strangelove
R1/2/4, Columbia Tristar, 1.66:1/4:3, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by DeadKenny
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
R2/4, Universal, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Dune
R2/4, Castle/Infogrames, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Fail Safe (2000 Live TV Version)
R2, Warner, 1.77:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Frighteners, The
R2/4, Universal, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic (R1 Is Anamorphic) - Submitted by RDNZL
Hamburger Hill
R2/4, Universal, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic (R1 Is Anamorphic) - Submitted by RDNZL
Hand That Rocks The Cradle, The
R2, Buena Vista, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Kundun
R2, Buena Vista, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic (European/R4 Is Anamorphic) - Submitted by RDNZL
Les Miserables
R2, EIV, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Lolita (Kubrick) (Original & Re-Issue)
R1/2/4, Warner, 1.66:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by DeadKenny
Long Kiss Goodnight, The
R2, EIV, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic (R4 Is Anamorphic) - Submitted by RDNZL
Meet Joe Black
R2/4, Universal, 1.85:1, Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Memphis Belle
R2/4, Warner, 1.66:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Midnight Run
R2/4, Universal, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Mortal Kombat
R2, EIV, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by HighlanderTM
One Million Years BC
R2, Warner/Studio Canal, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by Raphph
Out Of Sight
R2/4, Universal, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic (R1 Is Anamorphic) - Submitted by RDNZL
Raging Bull 2 Disc SE
R1/2, MGM, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by McD
Richard III
R2, Pathe, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic (R1 is 2.35:1 Anamorphic) - Submitted by RDNZL
Runaway Train
R2, Anchor Bay, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by Raphph
Scent Of A Woman
R2/4, Universal, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Scream 2
R1, Buena Vista, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic (Boxset Version Is Anamorphic)- Submitted by kanedaa
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
R2, Warner, 2.55:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by SimonI
Shakespeare In Love
R2, Universal, 2.35:1, Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
R2, Disney, 4:3, Spine Incorrectly Claims Widescreen - Submitted by tizza
Spartacus
R1, Universal, 2.20:1, Non-Anamorphic (R2 Is Anamorphic) - Submitted by DeadKenny
Sting, The
R2, Universal, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Swimming With Sharks
R2, Second Sight, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Taxi
R2, Metrodome, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by DeadKenny
Thing, The
R2/4, Universal, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL
Titanic
R1/2, Fox, 2.35:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by tuffjam
Topsy Turvy
R2, Pathe, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by John Hodson
Tremors
R2/4, Universal, 1.85:1, Non-Anamorphic - Submitted by RDNZL

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