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Old 11-04-05, 02:33 PM
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Why aren't more movies in 16:9?

I just found something out last night.. all these widescreen movies I have been watching aren't really in good widescreen! What is up with that? For the first time I got to watch a 16:9 movie on my TV, Saw. man, it looked so great! No black bars, no loss of image space, it was wonderful!

Why don't companies put all of their movies in 16:9 for us people with widescreen tvs (or even for 4:3 hdtv's with 16:9 mode)? All these crazy formats arent as fun to watch.

I demand more 16:9!

Okay I am done.
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Old 11-04-05, 02:39 PM
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I'm going to guess that cost is the factor. If a studio released a non-anamorphic DVD in 1999 and it didn't sell well, they may not be willing to spend money on a new transfer if they think it won't sell well now either.
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Sigh. Is the concept of Original Aspect Ratio REALLY that hard to understand?
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Old 11-04-05, 02:41 PM
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I'm going to guess that cost is the factor. If a studio released a non-anamorphic DVD in 1999 and it didn't sell well, they may not be willing to spend money on a new transfer if they think it won't sell well now either.
I think the OP is requesting more movies in 1.78:1 so they can fill his entire screen.. though I could be wrong.
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Old 11-04-05, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by LordJezo
I just found something out last night.. all these widescreen movies I have been watching aren't really in good widescreen! What is up with that?
Until you let me know what you mean by "good widescreen" (anamorphic? 1.78:1 ratio regardless of how it was filmed?), I can't even comment...
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Old 11-04-05, 02:49 PM
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I mean as in.. widescreen tv with all the space filled in. no letterboxing.

I watched "Saw" last night widescreen edition. Everything was filled in. It made me happy.
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I mean as in.. widescreen tv with all the space filled in. no letterboxing.
That's what I was afraid of...
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I'm guessing Ben-Hur isn't on the OPs viewing horizon.....
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Old 11-04-05, 02:55 PM
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... or any movies filmed before the 1950s.
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Old 11-04-05, 02:58 PM
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Good Widescreen.......

I personally like Great Widescreen, but thats just me........
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Old 11-04-05, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by LordJezo
I mean as in.. widescreen tv with all the space filled in. no letterboxing.

I watched "Saw" last night widescreen edition. Everything was filled in. It made me happy.
Better be careful there. That's sounding dangerously close to the reasons uneducated consumers have for preferring full screen dvds.
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Old 11-04-05, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by LordJezo
I mean as in.. widescreen tv with all the space filled in. no letterboxing.

I watched "Saw" last night widescreen edition. Everything was filled in. It made me happy.
There's an easy solution to get past this. Buy Full Screen versions of everything and select "Stretch Mode" for your HDTV. Now you can enjoy all your DVDs filling up the whole screen!
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Old 11-04-05, 03:21 PM
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Just what I predicted would happen when Joe Sixpack started buying Widescreen televisions.
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Originally Posted by LordJezo
I mean as in.. widescreen tv with all the space filled in. no letterboxing.

I watched "Saw" last night widescreen edition. Everything was filled in. It made me happy.
Hmmm, I didn't know they had internet connections under bridges these days.
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Old 11-04-05, 03:30 PM
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There are movies filmed with a wider aspect ratio such as Star Wars so you'll still get some black bars. That doesn't mean though, that it's "bad".
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On your widescreen tv,a 2:35 movie should look something like this:

A 1:33 movie should display like this,unless you stretch it:

Finally, a 1:85 movie may or may not fill your entire screen depending if you
have a fixed pixel display,because rptvs have overscan.
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Just what I predicted would happen when Joe Sixpack started buying Widescreen televisions.
I wonder if they will start putting out 16:9 versions of all the movies in wider aspects like they do for 4:3.
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What a travesty if Star Wars, LOTR, Lawrence of Arabia, Patton, Ben Hur and countless other films were shot in 1.78 or 1.85 just so the movies would fill LordJezo's TV screen. *sigh*

Still, as you can see, LordJezo is a "Cool New Member," so clearly he just needs to be educated instead of ridiculed, so let's see what we can do to help him.
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MOVIES are made to fit MOVIE screens... not televisions
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Still, as you can see, LordJezo is a "Cool New Member," so clearly he just needs to be educated instead of ridiculed, so let's see what we can do to help him.
I question the use of "Cool"
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Old 11-04-05, 04:20 PM
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I wonder if they will start putting out 16:9 versions of all the movies in wider aspects like they do for 4:3.
You may want to discuss this issue with HBO, I'm sure we'll have to start bitching about six to eight month after the next generation DVD's show up. Be that when it may...

That's why I won't waste my money on HBO...

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