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Old 01-21-12, 11:53 AM
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Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

For a person recently joining the Blu-Ray craze, whats the huge difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? I have watched two blu-rays so far and i do see a difference. My TV is 720P HDTV and i still see a considerable difference in image, but I cannot get rid of the black lines on the top and bottom. I have tried 16:9 and they are still there. My TV is widescreen. Whats the problem?
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Wow. These people still exist?
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Old 01-21-12, 12:22 PM
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yes we do. Please help me
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glad nobody beat me to it...
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

the movie was made that way. Some movies. Specifically those before the 60s in general were made in 4x3 aka Old TV square image. Some films are also made like that today too. 60s onward we got a wide variety of formats for widescreen (i'm calling it that for the sake of ease to understand) films...in other words...the image was longer. With varying degrees of height in there too.

The movies you got? probably are of the slender rectangle type or ones a little bit thicker. That's how they were made. Again...for style, not regulation of the format. If you watching something like....Gamer...your TV will be filled up w/ the image. They let it stay like that, it wasn't filmed like that but when they edited it...they just liked it more cuz that's what they worked on the most. If you get something like Batman Begins. You get the slenderish/black bar type type. It's not the Blu-rays that are the issue.

Not to sound mean but...at the end of it...you'd be the issue. lol.
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

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yes we do. Please help me
Because some movies have black bars.

Blu-ray won't change that
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Does anyone have a link to where I can fully understand this better or see some screen shots? You guys really don't have to be mean to me. Just because I am UN-educated in this subject, means I need help and wish not to be criticized.
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

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Does anyone have a link to where I can fully understand this better or see some screen shots? You guys really don't have to be mean to me. Just because I am UN-educated in this subject, means I need help and wish not to be criticized.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)
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Old 01-21-12, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD View Post
Because some movies have black bars.

Blu-ray won't change that
Movies don't have black bars. Video displays do, depending on the shape of the display and the aspect ratio of the content being displayed.
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

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Does anyone have a link to where I can fully understand this better or see some screen shots? You guys really don't have to be mean to me. Just because I am UN-educated in this subject, means I need help and wish not to be criticized.
Search Engines would be able to answer this question for you.
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The whole black bars thing has been going on since the late 90s so needless to say I'm shocked that it's still happening, even in this day and age.
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Search Engines would be able to answer this question for you.
I did use the search engine and did not find anything. I guess I will have to live with the black bars.
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

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I did use the search engine and did not find anything. I guess I will have to live with the black bars.
http://bit.ly/A8mIZR
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

Originally Posted by Armymanis1 View Post
I did use the search engine and did not find anything. I guess I will have to live with the black bars.
So you failed with typing in:
black bars on blu-rays

First few hits would answer your question.
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

Originally Posted by Armymanis1 View Post
I did use the search engine and did not find anything. I guess I will have to live with the black bars.
Yes, you will, and you should.

Movies are made in different shapes, or aspect ratios. This is an oversimplification, but in general there are three: 4:3 is the pre-1950s ratio, which is squarish like older TV screens. Then there is 1.85:1, which is very close to the shape of current widescreen HDTV screens. And lastly, there is 2.35:1, which is wider than widescreen HDTV displays.

In movie theaters the shape of the screens can be changed by moving curtains or mattes at the edges of the screen. At home, though, the shape of your TV screen doesn't change. Therefore, you will see black bars if the aspect ratio of the movie isn't the same as your TV. The only alternative is to crop off part of the picture to make it fit, and most people who like movies don't find that acceptable.

Read more and see side by side examples here: http://www.widescreen.org/

By the way, to answer your original question, there is no difference between Blu-rays and DVDs in this respect. If you never get black bars with DVDs, it means you have your DVD player set wrong and you've been unwittingly stretching the picture out of shape so that it fills the screen.

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This can't be serious.
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This can't be serious.
how do i rewind a dvd before i return it?
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Old 01-21-12, 04:03 PM
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This is serious. I am not very technical when it comes to TV stuff. All I know is how to hook up devices and play them. I have never even messed with configuration settings. I have kept them the same as when i bought it. i have many devices and just changed from watching DVD's on the Xbox 360 to using a blu-ray player. I mostly watch all my shows/movies in 480p, but I have just learned about this 720P and beyond stuff and I just wanted some info.

Thanks for searching this up for me. I have been having trouble using search engines on forums and can never find the answer I need.
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

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I did use the search engine and did not find anything. I guess I will have to live with the black bars.
You can always move to a white neighborhood.
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Old 01-21-12, 04:40 PM
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

this was not suppose to be a funny thread. However, thanks Mr. Salty for being the only one here who did not back a beginner movie buff into a corner.
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The whole black bars thing has been going on since the late 90s so needless to say I'm shocked that it's still happening, even in this day and age.
Huh?
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

It's always weird to me that people are assholes about informing people unaware about aspect ratios rather then helping them or pointing them to the right information.
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Re: Difference between Blu-Ray's and DVD's? Blu-rays still show black lines.

There should be an aspect-ratio FAQ sticky
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Old 01-21-12, 06:08 PM
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Wow, you guys sure know how to welcome a new user. Are you so offended that a newbie doesn't know about aspect ratios and came to ask a question in a forum called "dvdtalk," not "dvdPROS-ONLY," which I'm sure you all own stock in, which just tanked thanks to this one thread.

Mr. Salty answered your question well. The black bars have nothing to do with bluray vs dvd, but how the movie was shot. If you want the real intended image, keep the black bars. Otherwise your TV might have zoom functions that will most likely stretch or crop out part of the image if you really can't stand the bars. The main reason to have bluray is for the improved picture quality and sound, which you may or may not be able to notice depending on your tv and sound system setup.
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