Star Wars, Special Widescreen Edition Laserdisc

The Incredible Shrinking Ratio pressings.
(Pioneer Video Corp. Japan 1989 and Mitsubishi Japan 1992)

When the US Special Widescreen Edition Laserdiscs were prepared, CBS/Fox used the Japanese Special Collection disc released in 1986 as a source. The Japanese version had shifted the letterboxed image high up on the screen to accomodate Japanese subtitles. When the image was vertically centered for US release, somehow the black masking was increased as well.

The fact that the image became narrower and narrower for each reel change, garnered this release the Incredible Shrinking Ratio moniker.

All images courtesy of Darth Mallwalker from the forums.