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Old 10-31-02, 10:58 PM
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1:85:1 movies with black bars on widescreen sets??

I'm playing a 1:85:1 movie, The End of Evangelion, on my widescreen TV and the picture has thin black bars on the top and bottom as if it were a 2:35:1 movie. Does anyone have any explanation of why this is might be happening? With other 1:85:1 movies like Requiem For A Dream the picture fills the screen.

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Old 11-01-02, 12:06 AM
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What TV? What DVD player? Is the DVD anamorphic? All those questions must be answered before we can help.
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Old 11-01-02, 01:25 AM
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Old 11-01-02, 01:28 AM
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I dont' see how non-anamorphic has anything to do with it. You should be able to adjust a nonanamorphic DVD just like any anamorphic one, its just a matter of how good the picture looks when you zoom in, stretch, blow up, etc.
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Old 11-01-02, 01:55 AM
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Requiem of a dream would fill up your screen because
a) its 1.85 ..(close the 1.78 standard = 16x9)
b) its anamorphic (vertical resolution is still preserved, hence when the signal is outputted from the dvd, it is scaled properly, not zoomed)

I was checking out the end of evangelion and death and rebirth and both were in letterbox format.

On my sony wega I didn't have to enable the anamorphic squeeze, so i had the bars there.

On my mits 65611, there are multiple ways i can display it.
I can display in 480p standard mode (black bar on top & bottom) grey bar on the sides <- generated by TV.
I can display in 480i stretch mode (black bar on top & bottom) but fills up the screen (loss of resolution though)
Or i can have the DVD player set to scale 4x3 to 16x9 (i think..)
I think your best bet is to leave your tv alone and use the dvd zoom modes to fill the screen.

Here is a websites that explains anamorphic a bit more in detail (with pics!)

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/anamorphic/
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See my comments here.

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