Re: Aspect Ratios on video discs etc

From: Freya (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Sep 02 2006 - 17:56:13 PDT

--- Ken Bawcom <email suppressed> wrote:

> 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?

Yes. They are only letterboxed to 16:9 anamorphic
instead of being stored 2.35:1 anamorphic without
letterboxing on the disc.

> 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.

This is all true but the point I'm making is NOT that
I want the films to fill the screen but that they
should be stored on the disc without letterboxing.
When they are unsqueezed for showing on the screen
they may well appear letterboxed, but I don't want to
store them on the disc that way, they should use the
full resolution available on the disc.



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