Doctor M said:
I was surprised that I did not find the aspect ratios to be an issue.
They way people were talking about it, I thought the movie would switch between 16x9 and 4x3 or something. I did not expect the difference to be black borders on the right/left.
Watched on a device with overscan, the difference is invisible.
I am very glad to hear it! It was difficult to ultimately come to the decision to present the tv scenes like that, but they do seem to play well on most traditional tv sets, and if played on larger widescreen units, the black bars never seem to distract. I took the time to reframe many of the SciFi shots - even performing a vertical pan & scan on the first shot of the SciFi-exclusive windmill sequence so that I could include the creepy deer antlers above the door. This was a detail you never saw on the letterboxed workprint footage and it really grew on me.
Btw, I am aware that Comcast has Army of Darkness in its free onDemand pool of movies. I don't know which cut it is, but if it's extended, it would be a digital source, if not HD.
Thanks for the info. If anyone can check it out, please let us know.