And that’s important, as it’s been a week since our site and at least a dozen other outlets reported that, for example, Man on the Moon was running in the incorrect aspect ratio, yet that film is still streaming in 1.85:1 on Netflix. On that issue, Netflix’s Evers would only say it’s “on the list to be replaced.” But it’s streaming in its original 2.35:1 on Amazon Instant Video, as shown in the screenshot above.
Perhaps Netflix is right: perhaps it’s all a big misunderstanding, a simple matter of the wrong file being uploaded and fumbles in quality control. But they should pay closer attention to these issues, implementing checks and double-checks into their process, and when errors are brought to their attention, they should be fixed quickly (and, while those fixes are pending, films that have been re-formatted to 1.85:1 should be noted as such with a disclaimer, just like they used to do on those 4:3 “Starz Play” titles).
Or maybe they’ve just got bigger fish to fry. After all, they’re not all that concerned with movies these days — they’re continuing to work towards the HBO model, planning more original programming in the form of series and documentaries and specials. Meanwhile, the What Netflix Does Tumblr, which got this whole thing going, has gone into overdrive, with nine new posts in the past week. The films it’s reporting are currently streaming incorrectly here in the US include Planet of the Apes, Super 8, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Pulp Fiction. Happy viewing.