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widescreen tv's and widescreen dvd's question

Old 08-18-02, 12:39 AM
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widescreen tv's and widescreen dvd's question

i recently went to a friends house to watch the Lord of the Rings DVD on his new home theater setup. this was the first time i have seen a widescreen dvd displayed on widescreen tv in person.

now, the question i have is how come there were still black bars present on the top and bottom of the screen? the black bars were much smaller than they would have been on a 4:3 tv, but why were there black bars at all?? isn't the whole reason in getting a widesceen tv so that u can get rid of the black bars and have the entire uncropped image fill ur screen?

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Old 08-18-02, 01:04 AM
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I believe that only anamorphic movies shot in 1.78:1 or 1.85:1 will fill the entire widescreen. 2.35:1 movies still have black bars, but much smaller ones when compared to bars on a regular 4x3 tv.
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Old 08-18-02, 01:43 AM
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The aspect ratio of a wiedscreen TV is 1.78:1. A movie that is 1.85:1 is very close to 1.78:1 so it will display no black bars. Not all movies are shot the same aspect ratio and the wider the film the larger the black bars will be.

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