CATEGORIES Comedy, Drama, Independent, New Releases, Tech Stuff, Home Entertainment, Cinematical Indie, Features, Movie News, New Releases, CinematicalIn 2005, I was fortunate enough to see a crew screening of Tideland, mere hours before it went to its TIFF premiere. Terry Gilliam said a few words, and people were laughing and clapping. As time goes on, I wonder how each react to the myriad of struggles the film has had. In the words of Rod Stewart: "Some guys have all the luck." As for the others, like Terry Gilliam and his latest flick, they just don't. It struggled to find distribution, Jodelle Ferland lost her Genie to Julie LeBreton and now reports say that the film wasn't even released how it was shot.
FilmIck and other sites are starting to buzz about the aspect ratio of the just-released DVD. Reports state that the aspect ratio for the Region 1 DVDs (North America) have been sliced from the original 2.35:1 to 1.85:1. For those that aren't familiar with ratios, 1.85:1 is about the standard widescreen TV size (1.78:1), where 2.35:1 is the usual giant-screen scope. So, if FilmIck is right that it was sliced, it seems like a waste of time to me. Tideland isn't a blockbuster hit, and I think it would be safe to say that the people who are going to buy it will want to see all of it, as it was filmed -- even if that means bigger black bars on their screens. If the film has one thing going for it, it's the visuals. As our Jeffrey M. Anderson described it: "Tideland is a gorgeous film, a complete and total Gilliam experience from beginning to end. It's full of his particular roving, deep-focus shots, like a fish-eye lens with wings." So, why mess with it? If any of you have further information about this, please comment below!