Video: The Shapes of Things That Were

Wide-screen movies get sliced at the sides for TV

Theatrical movies, when they finally show up on television, have been treated like certain kinds of blue jeans: they have been shrunk to fit. No matter that the pay cable service promises the whole movie, just as it was shown in theaters. Never mind that free TV boasts of showing the same feature complete and uncut. No matter what station you watch, or how much you lay out for special cable channels, you are not seeing the complete movie. It may not have any scenes missing,...

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