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Old 05-10-07, 12:06 AM
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Aspect ratios of HBO, Showtime HD broadcasts

Does anyone keep track of the aspect ratios used in High Definition broadcasts of films on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, et al? I find these channels to be very hit-and-miss in using the CORRECT aspect ratio for a film. More often than not, it seems they will air a 2.35 in 1.85.
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Old 05-10-07, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by arjayvee
Does anyone keep track of the aspect ratios used in High Definition broadcasts of films on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, et al? I find these channels to be very hit-and-miss in using the CORRECT aspect ratio for a film. More often than not, it seems they will air a 2.35 in 1.85.
Most 2.35:1 movies on Showtime are shown in their correct aspect ratio. M:I-III premiered on there last week and was in 2.35:1.

On the other hand, I caught some of The American President(as much as I could stomach anyway) and that was cropped to 16:9. Then again, that's a WB flick(they also own HBO) so maybe that's all they offered Showtime.

HBO almost always crops 2.35:1 to 16:9. Especially for newer films. The only recent exceptions I can recall were the Star Wars flicks. And that's probably because Lucas insisted on OAR.
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As far as I know, HDNet shows all OAR.
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Originally Posted by Doughboy
Especially for newer films. The only recent exceptions I can recall were the Star Wars flicks. And that's probably because Lucas insisted on OAR.
Ocean's Twelve was OAR, and Lionsgate movies (Cabin Fever, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Shattered Glass, etc.) often are. Those are definitely the exception, of course.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
As far as I know, HDNet shows all OAR.
Ironically, HDNet has been showing The World's Fastest Indian in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 while the HD-DVD/Blu-ray release was opened up to 16:9.
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As far as I know, HDNet shows all OAR.

except their IMAX features
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Originally Posted by Doughboy
Ironically, HDNet has been showing The World's Fastest Indian in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 while the HD-DVD/Blu-ray release was opened up to 16:9.
It was director approved so I don't have a problem with that.
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