Dek Rollins said:
I just want to say that I thought you were just asking about historical accuracy of the aspect ratios. Just because it was projected with a 2.39 gate in 1977 doesn’t mean 2.35 would look incorrect. As was already mentioned it’s just semantics and the difference is negligible. As far as displaying a 2.39 image on a digital projector, I’ve been curious if cutting a matte out to stick over the projector lens would work. I don’t have a projector so I’ve never tried it.
I am interested in the historical accuracy of the aspect ratios. There is conflicting information online and I think its a shame that there is no one, authoritative webpage or document or otherwise that says, yes, in 1977, in 1980, and in 1983, they were projected at this ratio.
But at the same time, I am interested in duplicating the original aspect ratio at home, the best I can. So I do have dual motivations.
The difference is negligible as you say, if you think, “Well, I’m only losing more than an inch on the left, and more that an inch on the right,” but that is about 3/5 or 2/3 of a square foot, for over 2 hours of time. That’s alot of combined image to lose, for a long period of time. Multiply 3/5 or 2/3 of a foot by the sheer number of frames (thousands), and that’s a lot of total square footage to lose.
But as I said, to me it’s just KNOWING that it matches, or that it doesn’t.
A matte would work I suppose. You’d just have to make sure it’s perfectly level when you affix it to the projector, or hang it down in front of the lens. This would be hiding the images I want to see though!