Re: Aspect Ratios on video discs etc

From: Ken Bawcom (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Sep 02 2006 - 14:07:22 PDT

Perhaps I don't understand what you are saying, but well, there are
plenty of anamorphic DVDs of films in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio that have
black masks, top and bottom, thus preserving the original aspect
ratio. Of course, they do not use that extra bit of black to increase
resolution. Is that what you mean?

I do think that for many films shot in 1.85:1, they DO make them fill
the 16x9 screen, thus losing a bit from both sides, probably because
they think the general public will prefer it. But that is not
necessary, just a decision by those producing the disc. I don't have
any to check, but I would bet that all Criterion DVDs preserve the
original aspect ratio, even when it is 1.85:1.

Ken B.

Quoting Freya <email suppressed>:

> Someone here just mentioned getting work pillarboxed
> to hi-def. This just reminded me of one of the things
> I most hate about DVD's.
> Why, oh why, oh why, do DVD's only support 16:9 in
> anamorphic format!!!

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