So, to those interested, this was posted over on myspleen by me a few days ago and I just now realized there may be some interest for this here.
So, for the first time since the VHS "Z" screener, we have a FULL SCREEN version of the 1999 movie - "The Matrix" This is thanx to the Ukrainian TV station "ICTV" broadcasting it earlier this year and someone there ripped it and posted it online. There are a couple of copies of this floating around on public trackers, HOWEVER they are in PAL (with the typical 4% speed-up) and ONLY contain the original Ukrainian language track and, optionally, a Russian track over on rutracker...
THIS IS NOT A TYPICAL PAN AND SCAN!!! (see thumbs below)
I went through the best source of this, NOT the one on rutracker (that one is lower video bitrate of 2800kbps), a 4800kbps MPEG2 720x576 25fps interlaced video file and realized that if I want to sync the English audio track to this I will have to make a couple of modifications to the video. (Of course, I de-interlaced the video and slowed it back down to 23.976fps) First off, the first 58 frames were missing (this is mostly just the black and the fade in to the logo) so those frames are completely black and I faded in the first few frames of the actual FULL FRAME source. Then there was a total of 4 commercials throughout the movie, where there were frames missing; last couple before a commercial and first couple after the commercial. These, I just doubled to keep in-sync with the audio. First commercial is at 11:57, the last couple of frames of Neo in the club and the first couple of frames of the alarm clock are doubles and it's not really noticeable. At 44:22, the last couple of frames where Neo pukes are doubled, the couple of black frames are re-inserted and the first couple of frames of next fade in were missing, subsequently making the fade in two frames later, so no doubling there and everything still in-sync. Next, at 1:17:23, it will look like there is a bad-transition in a dual-layer DVD, meaning, there is a duplicate for 28 frames of the last frame there, right after The Oracle tells Neo "...you'll feel right as rain." and the first 34 frames of the next scene, where Neo and Morpheus are getting ready to leave, are a duplicate of the first frame available after the commercial. The reason I did this is to keep in-sync with audio and because there is no other FULL SCREEN source to replace those frames (and the VHS screener would be too obvious, LOL). It's not bad, it just looks like it pauses a little at the scene change. And the last, is at 1:54:09, the last frame, with Agent Smith in the subway, is a double, then two black frames are re-inserted, and the first frame of Trinity getting ready to pick up the pay phone is a double. Also, the entire end credits were missing, the source cuts of a couple of black frames after Neo flies off into the sky at the end of the film, so I cropped those to 4:3 from the bluray, just to keep the same length of entire film. I encoded all of this into a 4:3 AR 720x576 AVC @23.976fps @~5900kbps. I included the Cinema DTS in 5.1 DTS-HDMA as the primary audio and the 5.1 640kbps AC3 audio from the bluray. I included the English subtitles and inserted the chapters with the titles, muxed it all into an MKV and "ta-da." What makes this edition interesting is that, unlike the open-matte edition of this film that's floating around, this UNFORTUNATELY has the new, crappy bluray COLOR-TIMING:(
Still, it's awesome to have this, because it's a very different way to watch the film, being able to see so much MORE in most scenes.
Here are thumb comparisons between the Bluray VS FULL SCREEN:
and thumb comparisons between the open-matte VS FULL SCREEN:
if anyone wants more detailed comparisons, I can post them, this was just a quick screenrip from one of the original source posts (the one on rutracker) to show the differences;o)