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Old 07-09-2009, 12:09 AM
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Which version has the best transfer?

Right now I own the Ultimate Matrix Collection on HD-DVD and, while it looks nice, it's majorly cropped top and bottom. I know some people like this, but I don't. I have a 61" Samsung LED DLP which is 16.9 widescreen, and I want the movie to fill every single inch of that screen. I know it can be done, because when Matrix came on Sci-Fi HD, it filled up nicely.

I see now there's the Complete Trilogy on Blu-ray as well as this Matrix book dealie. So which has the better picture and which is actually formatted properly?
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:19 AM
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umm, not sure what you mean, but they are both formatted correctly. They arent cropped. the black bars help to maintain the correct framing on the movie, you are not losing anything by the black bars being there.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:43 AM
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Your TV should have some sort of zoom feature so you can "fill up the whole screen."
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:00 AM
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umm, not sure what you mean, but they are both formatted correctly. They arent cropped. the black bars help to maintain the correct framing on the movie, you are not losing anything by the black bars being there.
Yep and the high def versions on HD-DVD and both of the blu-ray editions are exactly the same as far as picture quality from what I've read. Check out the reviews on this site.
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:23 AM
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This has nothing to do with transfer quality. Many cable channels crop the sides of wide movies to make them fit a 16:9 screen, but Blu-rays are pretty much always released at the correct AR.
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Why would you want it in the wrong aspect ratio, i dont get it...........
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:14 AM
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it's a sad day when somebody thinks that something on the Sci-Fi channel is more likely to have proper formatting than a BD or HDDVD
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:58 AM
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Not that I'm sticking up for incorrect aspect ratios, but I think it's worth pointing out that The Matrix has been shown open matte in the past. It was filmed in Super 35, so versions with additional vertical information do exist. Whether they were ever intended to be seen is another issue.
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:17 AM
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mmm I think that most of the HD broadcast are cropped so if you want that Matrix fill your screen you are going to loose Pictures instead of having more
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Why Don't the Black Bars Go Away

The Matrix was shot in Super 35. Cable broadcasts lift the top and bottom mattes during live-action footage, but crop the sides off shots with VFX. Obviously, the movie has a significant amount of VFX.
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