Being forced to obsess over ratios as part of my job, I couldn't help but notice a couple bits of the archive stuff in Made of Stone was presented as stretched, where the 4:3 orginal had been pulled out horizontally to fill the 1.85:1 cinema ratio. It's definitely stretched for all of the archive scooter rally footage, and I'm prety sure I noticed it at least once more on some archive performance footage.
What's particularly odd about this is that the same scooter rally footage has not been stretched in the trailer! It looks like it has been zoomed instead... thus retaining the correct aspect ratio but cropping the top and bottom of the image.
Why wasn't the footage presented in it's original state (which I presume was 4:3 or similar)? Having 4:3 footage pilalrboxed in the centre of the screen would have been good. There were plenty of other bits and bobs (magazine covers and such like) that were shown in the centre of the screen.
Just wondering! I've been obsessing over a tonne of Natural History footage at work for the last two weeks which has included plenty of spotting anamorphic images where there shouldn't be any, dropped frames, interlacing and all manner of such goodness! ha