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Sat 11/10/03 at 15:40
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"Wobble"
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DVD. Anamorphic 1.85:1. That's all you need.

I bought a widescreen TV because I was sick of borders on DVD & VHS.

So now we have movies up to 2.40:1 on DVD, giving borders even on a widescreen telly, leaving about a quarter of the screen unused.

Just how bloody wide does an image have to be?

There's seldom anything worth seeing at the edge of the screen anyway, so why not crop to 1.85:1 for a DVD release?

At this rate we'll end up with TV's six feet wide and 2 pixels high.
Sat 18/10/03 at 22:25
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"Looking for freedom"
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Meta Dragon wrote:

> There's seldom anything worth seeing at the edge of the screen
> anyway, so why not crop to 1.85:1 for a DVD release?

That's one of the funniest things I've ever read on these forums!
Wed 15/10/03 at 14:21
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"50 BLM,30 SMN,25 RD"
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Monkey_With_Attitude wrote:
> I don't particularly like widescreen TV's and I'll tell you why.
>
> I hate the way the screens stretch the image and leave you with a
> picture which is not as sharp as it would be on a smaller screen
> size.
>
> Thats why I use my GameCube on my TV up here instead of the
> widescreen downstairs.

Do you know how to work the widescreen telly? You only want to stretch pictures that have been specially condensed (like widescreen F-Zero, or anamorphic DVDs) so you don't have any loss of clarity. If you stretch a regular TV picture then that's stupid.
Wed 15/10/03 at 14:20
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Actually if you watch the full screen version of Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler gets cut out of half the movie because he always walks at the far side. And he's my favourite character. You have to go widescreen.
Wed 15/10/03 at 00:16
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"Want a cd key.."
Posts: 3,443
Bah I've been on my 14" screen for ages. It does me fine.

You should of spent the money buying a widescreen on something else! Like.. er.. something
Sun 12/10/03 at 12:55
"Uzi Lover"
Posts: 7,403
I don't particularly like widescreen TV's and I'll tell you why.

I hate the way the screens stretch the image and leave you with a picture which is not as sharp as it would be on a smaller screen size.

Thats why I use my GameCube on my TV up here instead of the widescreen downstairs.
Sun 12/10/03 at 12:46
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"That's right!"
Posts: 10,645
I don't have any problems with the widescreen TV in my room. Wasn't particulary expensive (since I'm a scumbag student) but it does its job well.
Sun 12/10/03 at 12:28
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"I'm Back!!"
Posts: 1,973
Meta Dragon wrote:
> DreamWarBird wrote:
> Get full screen version dvds then.
>
> Nice idea, but then very few come in an alternative fullscreen
> version. Usually only Disney videos and cheap films that you've
> never heard of.
>
> As for missing quite a bit of the picture... true, but do you miss
> anything important? Not really.

Yes you do!!! You miss that extra who isn't important buy something etc!
Sun 12/10/03 at 12:22
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"Wobble"
Posts: 264
DreamWarBird wrote:
> Get full screen version dvds then.

Nice idea, but then very few come in an alternative fullscreen version. Usually only Disney videos and cheap films that you've never heard of.

As for missing quite a bit of the picture... true, but do you miss anything important? Not really.
Sat 11/10/03 at 23:01
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"+34 Intellect"
Posts: 21,334
DreamWarBird wrote:
> Get full screen version dvds then.

You miss quite a bit of the picture.
Sat 11/10/03 at 22:58
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"All about the Beats"
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Get full screen version dvds then.

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