I don't know how many people will remember this and if they do then it'll be only the people in the UK who read this blog. When ITV first aired 2001:A Space Odyssey back in the 70's the film was shown as all films were then in Full Frame/Pan and Scan, but when the space scenes came on the movie actually went into a widecreen ratio, a good idea you might think. With this ITV made one of the biggest blunders I think it's ever made, some bright spark had the idea of putting stars in the black bars at top and bottom of the screen, thus making it look like the spaceships were appearing from nowhere mid frame, and making the FX crew on this film look like complete idiots.
At the time Starburst magazine made comment on ITV's almighty screw up and it was never shown like that again. It makes you wonder if Kubrick was watching at the time, I just hope he didn't have a mouthful of tea when the shot first came on !!
I've mocked up a frame to show roughly what the effect looked like, anyone else remember this ?