In case any of you haven't heard about what's happening with the aspect ratios on the various DVD versions of Tideland
(see this discussion
) here is a summary of what's going on.
Tideland was released to theaters in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The region-2 DVD by Revolver was overseen by Gilliam and opened up slightly to about 2.25:1 because he thought it looked better that way on the small screen.
ThinkFilm's region-1 release -- and DVDs known so far to be released by various companies in Russia, France, and Belgium -- are incorrectly framed at 1.78:1. ThinkFilm's explanation for the mistake is as follows:
You are correct that a 2.35:1 version is the most desired. We had in fact requested one early on in the DVD creation process; however, one was not created. Eventually, a faux 2.35 was created by the UK distributor, which ended up being closer to a 2.25 – a quick, but not complete solution. We are only in position to put out what materials are delivered to us, and although we all knew that the 1.78:1 was not ideal, nor true to the film, we had to proceed. We are currently working on getting a 2.35:1 master to work from and will plan a re-release when it is made available.
According to Terry Gilliam, the Canadian region-1 release is, in fact, correct:
I think we have to get the word out NOT TO BUY the American version of the DVD. The Canadian version is correct. It's Region1... so Americans can see the film as intended.
So, in summation, the UK DVD
(by Revolver) and Canadian DVD
(by Maple Pictures) both present Tideland with the intended framing. All other currently known releases so far are incorrect.