What does “OPEN MATTE” mean?

Posted on February 12, 2016. Filed under: Definitions |

Illustration of open matte filming

A frame from a 35mm film print. Here, the picture is framed for the intended theatrical aspect ratio (inside the yellow box). Picture outside the yellow box is matted out when the film is shown in widescreen. For 4:3 television versions, a large portion of the picture can be used (inside the red box) with an open matte.

Open matte is a filming technique that involves matting out the top and bottom of the film frame in the movie projector (known as a soft matte) for the widescreen theatrical release and then scanning the film without a matte (at Academy ratio) for a full screen home video release.

Source: Wikipedia

The scene tag was introduced on 2016-02-07 for the rip Coyote.Ugly.2000.OPEN.MATTE.READNFO.HDTV.x264-REGRET. This is an excerpt from the accompanying NFO file:

RNFO: We are going to try something new. Rather than spam tag READNFO on all our releases with a different ar containing more picture than
the already released retail, we are going to tag them as OPEN.MATTE. As always a comparison image will be included in the Sample directory.
And, if you’re clueless as to what open matte is for some reason, read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_matte

Some might argue that the tag OPEN.MATTE is invalid due to this line of the ruleset:
Other permitted tags are: PROPER, REPACK, RERIP, REAL, UNCUT, DUBBED, SUBBED, INTERNAL, OAR, PPV

However, in response to that, we say, what about these tags not mentioned in the ruleset?

The.Wire.S01E01.REMASTERED.READNFO.HDTV.x264-BATV
Undateable.2014.S03E12-E13.WEST.FEED.720p.HDTV.x264-KILLERS
The.Boondocks.S04E06.UNCENSORED.720p.HDTV.X264-DIMENSION
The.Godfather-A.Novel.for.Television.1977.UNCENSORED.EXTENDED.720p.HDTV.x264-BATV
Charlie.Hebdo-Three.Days.That.Shook.Paris.ALTERNATE.CUT.720p.HDTV.x264-WaLMaRT

Etc.

Their releases still got nuked for using the tag.

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