[f_minor] Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Lancaster, Mark T Mark-L at VIPS.com
Sat Mar 31 11:43:35 PDT 2012

I'll take the black bars and the full picture as intended by the director over a chopped off picture that fills my TV every time. I've never understood what bothers people about the black bars. Why zoom in on the full picture and leave things unseen at top and bottom, or on the sides? (that's meant to be a rhetorical  question, unless someone does care to speak to why arbitrarily filling a given televisions screen is more important than seeing the picture the creator intended).


From: f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org [mailto:f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org] On Behalf Of Carl D. Patterson
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 4:47 AM
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould


I own a copy of the Columbia Tristar version of 32 that I bought from Amazon.com<http://Amazon.com> in 1995. The disc is a little strange in that it is double sided. Side A has the 1.85:1 version and Side B is the 4:3 version.

I've just looked at a section of the film and have taken a few photos:


It looks as if the film was made in 4:3 ratio and that the 16:9 ratio version is just the 4:3 zoomed in. If you watch the full 'widescreen' version you'll be missing parts of the top and bottom of the frame. If you watch the square 4:3 version you'll be seeing the full frame, as the director intended, but you'll have black bars.

At least with the copy that I have you have a choice. We'll just have to see what the re-issue is like.


On 29 Mar 2012, at 12:51, Pat wrote:

Hi all

I can confirm that 32 will see a european release, the movie is now available for preorder at Amazon Germany:


Release date is April 13th, price is 16 Euros.

One aspect that irritates me is the aspect ratio. Let us hope these specs are incorrect. 4:3 or 1.33:1 are outdated really and might look quite ugly on newer TV sets and it would be a crying shame if a "critically acclaimed cult movie" would be released without visual and sonic updates adjusted to the 21st Century.

From: Pat<mailto:pzumst at bluewin.ch>
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:15 PM
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.<mailto:f_minor at glenngould.org>
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Hi all
I was able to track down the press blurb on the swiss site of Sony Music:

Unfortunetly GoogleBing does not allow me to find this DVD in the context of sonymusic.com<http://sonymusic.com> but you will get the idea.

This means 2 things: If it is on the swiss site, then there must be a european release as well (Code 2) which gives me the opportunity to say YAY ! European DVD premiere after whatsmany years !
(But if this should end up as another import without extras then I think I will be very cross and dissapointed)

The scan on the site of Amazon is incorrect, the new cover looks closer to the CBC box set. I wonder what is on that re-release and hope they added a few extras and improved image quality. That low US price makes one susupcious however and Sony CH doesn't cough up a local price for a comparison yet.

Since 32 was rarely shown on TV and the subsequent DVD release was sold for prices close to a bank bailout, I urge those of you who never had a chance to see 32 to get a copy now.

Despite its age it is still worth watching and while it may have its flaws 32 is much more enjoyable than some of the recent releases about GG if I may add my grain of salt here.


From: DJ Were-Panda<mailto:vnvlain at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7:19 PM
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.<mailto:f_minor at glenngould.org>
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Mark, I think the subject floated by a few weeks ago, but it's always good to have reminders. :) Thanks for the heads up!



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