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Old 04-28-04, 10:39 AM
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"Widescreen is for intellectuals"

OK, I thought I'd post my first "widescreen" story for anyone interested. I went into a local video store to rent a few DVDs (I hadn't rented there before). The lady at the counter asked if I knew these were widescreen. I said "Of course. I wouldn't rent them if they weren't". She then turned to this middle-aged guy hanging around the counter and said "See, Frank. This guy actually prefers widescreen". Frank replied "I wouldn't watch widescreen if you paid me. Those dumb black bars. It gives me a headache". I then very simply explained to him why widescreen is the only way to go and he replied "That's fine if you're some kind of intellectual, but us regular folks just don't like it and don't care". I thought about trying to explain further, but it was clear he just wasn't interested. Oh, well. What can you do?
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"That's fine if you're some kind of intellectual, but us regular folks just don't like it and don't care".


You can't really argue with that logic, I must say.

1. I don't consider myself smart.
2. I don't like widescreen.
3. I don't want to think about it any more (fear of another headache?)

Kinda puts an end to any further discussion. Oh well, let the guy stick with his new releases at Walmart and VHS tapes. I've long ago stopped trying to 'convert' people... especially those that are willfully ignorant (and apparently proud of it).
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Re: "Widescreen is for intellectuals"

Originally posted by anglagard
OK, I thought I'd post my first "widescreen" story for anyone interested. I went into a local video store to rent a few DVDs (I hadn't rented there before). The lady at the counter asked if I knew these were widescreen. I said "Of course. I wouldn't rent them if they weren't". She then turned to this middle-aged guy hanging around the counter and said "See, Frank. This guy actually prefers widescreen". Frank replied "I wouldn't watch widescreen if you paid me. Those dumb black bars. It gives me a headache". I then very simply explained to him why widescreen is the only way to go and he replied "That's fine if you're some kind of intellectual, but us regular folks just don't like it and don't care". I thought about trying to explain further, but it was clear he just wasn't interested. Oh, well. What can you do?
Smack him in the head with your widescreen disc and say "You just got seeerved." Or do what you did
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wonder what people do when there is no choice and wide is the only choice?
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Okay.. why would anybody care what another person's viewing preference is?
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Originally posted by PixyJunket
Okay.. why would anybody care what another person's viewing preference is?
Because they would purchase the FS version, which would tell the studios that people like the FS version, so they would continue to release FS versions. Either in addition to WS (Which confuses some people and keeps the price high), or instead of WS (Which annoys people).

It's not the 'viewing preference' that bothers me so much as the 'purchasing/renting preference'.
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Originally posted by PixyJunket
Okay.. why would anybody care what another person's viewing preference is?
"Care" only in the sense that it is disheartening to realize how uninformed some people can be.
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"Care" only in the sense that it is disheartening to realize how uninformed some people can be.
What does that say about Speilberg, who's company releases FS DVDs?
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Originally posted by Rypro 525
wonder what people do when there is no choice and wide is the only choice?
Watch the movie with a headache?
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people are idiots. i know its harsh but its true. no one complains about the size of an image in a theater, yet make the same image on your television and people start getting mad. i have enough respect for the filmmaker to watch his or her film the way they wanted it.
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I have to say. I am a big fan of widescreen, but in my more ignorant days I would think the same about the black bars.

Whatever. I don't blame the guy for his opinion.
It doesnt matter to him. he doesnt see the whole movie,
but he sees whats important.

Honestly I will buy only widescreen, but I really don't fell like I missed something If I got the full screen. The story is still the same. So basically, If a movie I loved was only released in Fullscreen, I would wish it could have been widescreen, but I will still buy it because I love the movie.

I don't think Studios will stop making widescreen, even if
others don't prefer it. There is a demand for both, and both will continue to be made.

People have there opinions and are entitled to it.

The guy makes a point. It is for those who think about it.
Being a widescreen-movie fan, I am into it.
He's not. He's entitled.
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Next time it happens, say one of the following to the person:

"Every time you watch a pan-and-scan DVD, God kills a kitten"

or

"If we watch fullscreen the terrorists have won."

Than just turn and walk away without waiting for a response.
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Originally posted by aam1
Because they would purchase the FS version, which would tell the studios that people like the FS version, so they would continue to release FS versions. Either in addition to WS (Which confuses some people and keeps the price high), or instead of WS (Which annoys people).

It's not the 'viewing preference' that bothers me so much as the 'purchasing/renting preference'.
Or it causes studios to cram full screen versions onto discs along with widescreen, taking away space that could be better used for something else, or causing a disc to be made as a flipper to include a FS version, or causing it to be a two-disc release to include a FS version.

I never buy FS, but I've got several DVDs even in my own small collection that have FS versions included in one way or another. It's a waste.
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"dumb black bars"
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When you watch full screen you watch with Hitler!
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These threads are like a circle jerk.
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What does that say about Speilberg, who's company releases FS DVDs?
It says that Spielberg's movies are for non-intellectuals also, I guess?

These threads are like a circle jerk.
I don't know who you are, Pixie, but you're my hero for today.
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Man, I hate those unabridged books. They're for intellectuals. They're just too damn long. I like the Reader's Digest condensed versions.
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"A walk through the ocean of some people's minds will barely get your feet wet."
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Yeah, I guess I'm an idiot cuz I don't like those black bars covering up part of my movie.

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Originally posted by majorjoe23
When you watch full screen you watch with Hitler!
That's the best come back I've heard.
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I think its funny how everyone wants widescreen because it preserves the aspect ratio that was seen when it was run theatrically yet so many people don't even go to the theatres anymore.
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What does that say about Speilberg, who's company releases FS DVDs?
They like money?
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Yeah, I guess I'm an idiot cuz I don't like those black bars covering up part of my movie.

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