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Old 04-18-07, 04:52 PM
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OT? Question About U.K. TV and DVDs

I hope this makes sense, isn't too long, and isn't too off topic. I'm a fan of British television (the stuff you see on PBS and BBC-A here in the states). In the U.K., what is the original aspect ratio of the TV programs? I have some region 1 DVDs of U.K. programs that appear to be 4:3; have they been altered? If I bought U.K. DVDs of those programs, would they also be 4:3?
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Old 04-18-07, 06:18 PM
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This is probably a better question for the International Forum...
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Old 04-19-07, 02:46 AM
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You'll need to list the programmes. How else can people help?
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you would need to be specific about shows - we had 4:3, we have 16:9.
some comedies will have been filmed in one, some in the other.
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I've found that most UK shows filmed after 2001 or so are almost all 16x9
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True. 16x9 seems to be more common these days.
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OK, that makes sense. I'm at work, but off the top of my head: Absolutely Fabulous, Black Adder, Mr. Bean, Jeeves and Wooster.
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All of those shows are Full Frame.

One thing you may be seing is that sometimes on PAL conversions the image appears to be "squeezed" a bit in NTSC, I think because of the additional lines of resolution PAL has.

This can make the image seem a little bit off, or look like it was original a widescreen image that has been adjusted.
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Old 04-19-07, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Lastdaysofrain
All of those shows are Full Frame.

One thing you may be seing is that sometimes on PAL conversions the image appears to be "squeezed" a bit in NTSC, I think because of the additional lines of resolution PAL has.

This can make the image seem a little bit off, or look like it was original a widescreen image that has been adjusted.
I think that explains it.
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