in mastering they zoom the image in so that it's not off center on any tv. the only time you don't lose image on the sides is when you have a tv with an overscan feature, or a dvd player with an overscan feature. even when you see the edges, it's overscanned because all tvs are aimed a bit different and the image would not be centered. they don't care about the film's framing. i never knew about this till i started editing in a computer and right away i noticed that there is more image that any tv has ever showed me.
when it's time to get another dvd player, get a malata. they have gone down in price. i got a malata 520 for $180. you will never buy another dvd player without an overscan feature again. it puts your favorite director's films in a whole new light.
the good the bad and the ugly is one of those wonderful films that you have to watch every now and then.
films that i will always have in my collection besides everything welles ever did - rio bravo, key largo, searchers, man who shot liberty valance, stagecoach, maltese falcon, treasure of the sierra madre, rear window, godfather 1 and 2, goodfellas, taxi driver, detour, sunset boulevard, dead end, great dictator, sons of kattie elder, gentleman jim, on the waterfront.
i can always get into bogart, john wayne, errol flynn, marlon brando.
and of course, white heat. "i'm on top of the world, ma!" BOOM! roaring 20s, public enemy. it's just total viewing enjoyment.