DVD Beaver‘s Gary Tooze on Criterion’s One-Eyed Jacks Bluray, which pops on 11.22.16: “The colors are stunning…the restoration magnificently maintains the integrity of the film’s colors, and source density. Being hyper-critical it looked a shade thin to me in a couple of spots and very minor edge-enhancement. But for the most part this is an absolutely mesmerizing image in-motion. I was floored. Wow.”
But to my eyes, the 1.85:1 frame captures that accompany Tooze’s review offer proof that the projected version I saw in Cannes was masked at 1.75:1 or possibly with an even boxier a.r. I know exactly and precisely what I saw on the screen at the Salle Bunuel, and those images definitely had more height than what Tooze is presenting here.
Posted from Cannes on 5.16.16: “The Jacks a.r. didn’t look like 1.85 to me — it definitely looked more like 1.75. Speaking as an ex-projectionist and an a.r. fanatic second to none I know exactly and precisely what 1.85 vs. 1.75 are shaped like, and I’m telling you there’s an ample amount of headroom in every shot. To my enormous relief Jacks didn’t feel cut off or cramped in the slightest. And that, to me, meant higher than 1.85.
“My guess is that the film was indeed shown at 1.75. I was sitting right there in the second row, repeatedly calibrating the a.r. with my eye and my gut, tilting my head 90 degrees to the right and assessing the geometry, and I can’t accept that what I saw last night was cropped at 1.85. My guess is that the film was screened at 1.75 (the French have their own ways) but that the Bluray will pop at 1.85, or with a tiny bit less height.”
One-Eyed Jacks captures in the much-more-pleasing aspect ratio of 1.66:1: