Jessica Pare, who much later became famous by playing Megan Draper in Mad Men and singing "Zou Bisou Bisou"on that show, was not shy about showing off her spectacular figure in the first decade of the millennium.

Way back in 2000, she did a nude scene in a film called Stardom. If you view this film on DVD, you'll see it in its theatrical widescreen ratio, but back then movies were still shot on 35MM and usually released on VHS. VHS used a TV-style 4:3 ratio, and most films were simply presented that way.

There are two common ways to make a VHS 4:3 version from a soft matte 35MM film

The more complicated method is to use pan&scan&zoom to create a completely new version from the negative. This requires a tremendous amount of time and effort (and therefore expense).

The simplest conversion was produced by simply using the entire negative. It just so happens that 35 mm film has a 1.37:1 aspect ratio, and TVs are 1.33:1. Nobody cares about the slight difference. This technique is called "open matte", which means the whole negative becomes the new TV version.

It is the second method which interests us the most, since it produced some VHS scenes that we were never really meant to see, footage "outside the corners" - portions of the original negative which had been visible to the cameraman, but (theoretically) not to us.

Most of the time, we saw meaningless details like boom mikes, but occasionally we'd catch a glimpse of something more interesting. Famous examples include Kate Winslet's complete butt in Titanic, or Beverly D'Angelo showering in her panties in Vacation.

In this case, we saw Jessica Pare's bush.

Back in the late 90s and early 00s, even many early DVDs included both a widescreen and a full screen VHS-style version (or, even more puzzling, sometimes just the full screen version!)

That era is gone. You pretty much never see a full-screen DVD, but even somebody wanted to create one, the original source material would probably not be suitable because 35MM film is almost as dead as the VHS format. Films bypass the negative stage because they are shot in WYSIWYG digital format and are widescreen from the get-go.


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