Cecil B. DeMille‘s The Greatest Show on Earth (’52) is one of the least deserving Best Picture Oscar winners of all time. We all know that. But when they show it on the streaming services, they ought to respect the original “boxy is beautiful” aspect ratio (i.e., 1.37:1).
As we speak, Amazon and Paramount Plus aren’t respecting this — they’re showing it within a 16 x 9 a.r., and that ain’t cool. Yes, a new Paramount Home Video Bluray with the correct boxy proportion with be out in a few days.
Cleavered version of DeMille’s epic, now streaming on Amazon and Paramount Plus
Correct 1.37 aspect ratio: