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New Resources for Widescreen Information!
Mon, January 31, 2005

I recently discovered that several of the links on our what is widescreen page no longer work. I have replaced the dead links with some new resources. Added are Hong Kong Fanatics Intro to Widescreen, Why Widescreen? @ and the Widescreen Information Page at

The pages removed include the Atombrain Guide to Letterboxing, and Richard Sliwa’s Harry Potter DVD comparison pages.

Posted by: Joshua Clinard @ 05:12 pm

MGM Widescreen Lawsuit Explained
Sat, January 29, 2005

John Berger, of, makes some excellent points in this article entitled The Attack on Widescreen - Real or Imagined? about the MGM widescreen lawsuit. Be sure to read the entire thing - it’s quite illuminating.

Posted by: Joshua Clinard @ 11:29 pm

List of Columbia Full Screen Re-issues Updated
Wed, January 26, 2005

I have updated this list of full screen only re-issues of DVDs that Columbia/Tri-Star has previously released in both widescreen and full screen formats. More of these titles continue to be released, and as I find out about them, I will post them. This list will also be linked to from the OAR Watchdog from now on.

Posted by: Joshua Clinard @ 07:00 pm

Studio Contacts Updated!
Fri, January 14, 2005

In light of all the full screen films that are being announced for release this year, I have updated the Studio & Retailer Watchdog. E-mail links and phone numbers have been updated for several of the studios. Please use this resource to send requests for widescreen titles to the studios.

Posted by: Joshua Clinard @ 05:24 pm

DVD Answers Supports Widescreen Advocate!
Thu, January 13, 2005

Malcom Campbell has graciously decided to support Widescreen Advocate at his site, DVD Answers. This is a good source of information and DVD announcements and reviews. If you are looking for a site that updates regularly, this is the one. Please check them out!

Posted by: Joshua Clinard @ 04:51 pm

MGM Panders to Uneducated With a Slew of Fullscreen Family Films
Sun, January 9, 2005

It appears that MGM did not learn it’s lesson that even family films should be presented properly on DVD with the feedback they recieved about Charly. DVD Times tells us that MGM plans to release four family films in fullscreen only on April 12th. If you have any desire to see C.H.O.M.P.S., Mac and Me, Namu: My Best Friend, or The Golden Seal in their original widescreen aspect ratios, please use the Studio Watchdog to let MGM know that you want these films in widescreen on DVD.

Posted by: Joshua Clinard @ 08:06 pm

Once Around and A Kiss Before Dying Not Fullscreen!
Thu, January 6, 2005

Several months ago, Universal issued a press release that stated that several titles would be released in fullscreen only on DVD. Two of those titles, already up for sale on, are listed as being available in Widescreen only. Those titles are Once Around, and A Kiss Before Dying.

Posted by: Joshua Clinard @ 11:09 am

New OAR Watchdog! (Full Screen DVD list)
Wed, January 5, 2005

I am proud to announce something totally new for the site. I have created a PHP script to handle our list of Pan & Scan DVDs. I can edit this list much faster than the thread I had going at the HTF. The list is also sortable by title, studio, and year of theatrical release. I plan to eventually add the original aspect ratio of each title, once I can get that information compiled. But I wanted to go ahead and get the list up. Please help me keep this list up-to-date. I want it to be as accurate and complete as possible. Please look over the list, and let me know about any missing titles. You can send any additions or changes to

Posted by: Joshua Clinard @ 08:46 pm

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