THEATRICAL ASPECT RATIO: 1.37 : 1
| Title: On the Waterfront
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AS SEEN IN THEATRES:
HOW IT WILL LOOK ON YOUR TV:
Original aspect ratios are an important part of enjoying movies on television. TCM takes great care to present movies in their original format and letterboxed whenever possible. Some networks choose not to letterbox, a decision often related to cost, availabity of original print elements, or the misconception that a majority of audiences don’t care for letterboxing. The guide below is intended to help understand how films are formatted for your TV (depending upon your TV type), and in some cases, how much of a movie you are missing without letterboxing.
SIZES ARE APPROXIMATE
Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047296/technical http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s351waterfront.html
Currently the Theatrical Aspect Ratio lists this as intended at 1.37:1.
IMDb's technical specs section, far from always reliable, lists it as 1.85:1. Their alternate versions section also states that since February 29, 2004 TCM airs this in 1.85:1.
DVD Savant's Glenn Erickson also states that he believes its IAR is 1.85:1 based on its composition (visible mics) and showings at the Academy, UCLA, etc.
Lastly, the DVD back cover states it is 1.33:1 to preserve its original theatrical aspect ratio.