Re: Aspect Ratios on video discs etc

From: Ed Inman (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Sep 02 2006 - 15:13:05 PDT

It is sometimes just the opposite. Projecting a 35mm "flat" film at 1.85:1 wastes much of the frame on top and bottom. So rather than seeing less on each side with the DVD you may actually often be seeing more on the top and bottom than you would typically see in a theater.

Scope films are a totally different ballgame. They use the full frame more efficiently by squeezing twice the picture into the same space, which then is "unsqueezed" during projection using an anamorphic lens. As such, you literally lose half of the picture if you "pan & scan" a scope film for a full frame DVD.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Ken Bawcom <email suppressed>

>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.

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