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    posted 10-07-2000 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lgroveman   Click Here to Email lgroveman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
    I need some basic help. Just got a DVD player and have a normal 4:3 projection TV. I just bought a bunch of dvds like T2, Independence day, etc. They all look horrible because they have large bands on the top and the bottom. THe only that looks good is my daughters disney dvds. I know this is because some dvds are 16:9 or 2.35x. But have do you view these are a regular 4:3 TV. I just don't get it.



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    posted 10-13-2000 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nthooze   Click Here to Email nthooze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
    Most all DVD's have the option of watching both the full 'letterbox' 16:9 film as it was directed and produced for the theaters and the 'pan and scan' 4:3 edited for TV version. These options can be selected in the DVD freature menus. So if you choose you can watch your movies using the whole screen. However if you do this you are not watching the entire movie as it was created. But a version that has had the edges cut off at some editors discression. So the choise is yours. But many feel the black bars are better than pan and scan.

    Big Cheese

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    posted 10-15-2000 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Edge   Click Here to Email Edge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
    Further to nthooze's response...

    The ratio of a standard television screen (4:3) will only reproduce letterbox images that represent the original theatrical version of the film.

    Most widescreen films are wider than the width of your television... so it is necessary that they squeeze the picture down. In the process, the black bars are "filler" space for above and below the image.

    Finally - the only way you'll be able to view a widescreen film in your home with minimal black bars (and in some cases, none) is to purchase a widescreen (16:9) television/projector.

    Most of us here would suggest that you grow familiar with watching films in letterboxed format if you at all desire to see the film as it was intended by the director.

    "Pan and Scam" is simply a process to fill your screen while sacrificing sometimes up to 50% of the original image (lost at the sides).

    - mf

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