A Petition for a Widescreen Charly DVD instead of a Full Frame Charly DVD sign now

I know there's a lot of kids in school that don't know the difference between full screen and widescreen. At the same time, these kids are reading Flowers For Algernon in school and at some point are shown the movie to see the proper difference between film and literature and how an adaptation cinematically can be faithful or very different.
Many of those schools have upgraded from VHS to DVD.

At first I was pleased at the announcement that Charly (I read the book I had seen the wonderful movie) was going to be released by MGM on DVD. The bad news was that it was going to be released full frame not widescreen as intended. Here's is a clear cut case of a film that needs the wide treatment being that the film was filmed in Technoscope and in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. A lot of activity will be lost and the viewing experience will not be the same in full frame.

If anyone from MGM is reading this, it's not too late to do an about face and release this title the way it was meant to be seen in a widescreen format.

I implore anyone from MGM or anyone on this forum to speak their mind for this title. I have been waiting many years from the CBS/Fox days to Anchor Bay and now to this. I've waited too long to see this film wide and I won't rest until it is done so properly.

I encourage any comments from both sides and if you truly care for a title, it can make the difference wasting a title and giving it better treatment than a VHS Rental.

Thank you

Christopher Bligh

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Latest Signatures

  • 22 November 2015100. Franco D
    I support this petition
  • 16 July 201599. Tom B
    How can you not release this in widescreen??? No sale unless you come up with a widescreen release
  • 18 June 201598. Matt L
    I support this petition
  • 20 April 201597. Bill H
    All the split-screen scenes will be ruined unless the film is shown at 2.35:1. Please do the right thing! Thanks.
  • 08 March 201596. W D
    Charly is a classic work of art that so many unfairly overlook because it looks so ridiculous on full-frame video...the only way it's been available since the last theatrical release. I really hope that it can be released in widescreen so that some much-n
  • 06 February 201595. Christopher B
    allways release in widescreen OAR
  • 02 February 201594. Joshua C
    Every film should be released in Widescreen. Wake Up MGM!
  • 19 December 201493. Jon G
    I support this petition
  • 03 October 201492. Sam Benson
    Movies should be seen and preserved as they were meant to be seen, in widescreen. Please consider releasing this film in widescreen.
  • 26 August 201491. Ron D
    I support this petition
  • 04 August 201490. Chin Y
    Yes, original aspect ratio is the way to go
  • 01 July 201489. John Jp
    I support this petition
  • 03 June 201488. Max D
    Bring it to region 4 as well
  • 26 May 201487. Jough D
    Is there a marketing reason for releasing this 20 year old film in Pan & Scan only? The only people who would buy this film are cinephiles, and we won't buy it if it isn't OAR.
  • 15 May 201486. Brent L
    The OAR is the only way for me, and many others to watch a film. We demand to view films as they were originally intended.
  • 21 February 201485. M B
    No OAR = No Sale!
  • 20 February 201484. Curtis C
    I support this petition
  • 30 November 201383. James H
    its best to leave well enough alone
  • 25 November 201382. Chad W
    I support this petition
  • 11 November 201381. Mike M
    In this day and age you would think a studio would care enough about it's consumers to give us a choice between Widescreen and Full Screen. I like Widescreen and will not purchaseand Full Screen only movies from you or any other studio.
  • 29 October 201380. Ryan W
    I agree! It's a great film that deserves to be seen as the director intended!
  • 28 October 201379. William S
    This literature and cinematic masterpice needs some justice to be done to it. A full frame version is not giving this film enough credit to it's cinematic impact. Please give it the presentation and aspect ratio it deserves!!
  • 15 October 201378. Thomas P
    I support this petition
  • 13 August 201377. Michael S
    I support this petition
  • 26 June 201376. Amanda Berger
    I support this petition
  • 18 June 201375. Robert F
    NO film should ever be released in a cropped format only. ALL films deserve to be shown in the aspect ratio they were filmed in.
  • 09 June 201374. Bill Mckenzie
    I support this petition

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