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Old 07-18-2009, 11:30 PM
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I bought the first season on blu ray. However, I hate the fact the sides are cut off. If I bought the dvd version and watched it on my upconverting player would it look just as good and be full frame?
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I bought the first season on blu ray. However, I hate the fact the sides are cut off. If I bought the dvd version and watched it on my upconverting player would it look just as good and be full frame?
Are you saying you do not want the 4:3 ratio?
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Welll yes and no, I would almost rather it be in standard wide screen format. I just wondered if it would be as clear as well?
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Welll yes and no, I would almost rather it be in standard wide screen format. I just wondered if it would be as clear as well?
You can't do wide screen with TOS S1, at least not with any of the 35mm prints. The content just doesn't exist. The closest you can get are the JP HD DVDs and if you got them while they were avilable the HD episodes on XBL which had shifting aspect ratios. 16:9 for the remastered CGI SFX, 4:3 for anything that involved the original 35mm prints. If you were to try and make the content from the 35mm prints 16:9 you would stretch it horizontally.
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To be very clear about this, Star Trek was made for TV in the 1960s, and was photographed at a 4:3 ratio. There is nothing "cut off" from the sides. The pillarbox bars are there to maintain the original aspect ratio, just like the letterbox bars do on 2.35:1 movies.
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Speaking of clarity, the thread title should be more clear, and this question would fit really well in the existing Star Trek TOS thread anyway.
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