As some of you might know, Fritz Lang's While the City Sleeps will be released in the UK on August 23rd by a relatively new company called Exposure Cinema.
A couple of days ago I stumbled across the official press release in which the movie was announced with a aspect ratio of 1.33:1. After checking the IMDb, I wrote a mail to the company and got the following response:
True or false?Regarding the aspect ratio, the film will be presented in 1.37:1. Although widely advertised as being an 'RKO-Scope' picture (which equates to about 2:1), the film was in fact shot in the academy ratio (1.33) and post-converted to 'scope in cinemas at the time, effectively cropping the 1.33 picture to widescreen. This means thatour decision to release the 1.37 print is closest to the director's original intention.
I hope that this answers your questions.
PS: Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt will probably be released by Exposure Cinema as well.