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Old 10-05-2007, 01:15 AM
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Question Why dont all movies fill my HD TV screen?

I just noticed this but I have a 42 inch LCD tv and some of my HD DVD's picture will fill my whole tv screen and others are like the widescreen format..

Because I set my HD DVD player to 1080p I am not able to adjust the picture function on my tv to fill the screen..

Anyone else experience this or why this may occur. I could be wrong but it seems like more universal movies fill the screen compared to the other movie companies.

For example Knocked up and The Holiday (UK import) fill the entire TV screen where Troy , Next and Batman Begins and Last starfighter appear in widescreen format..
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Old 10-05-2007, 01:21 AM
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Aspect ratio

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)

- edit Knocked Up & The Holiday were filmed in 1:85 while Troy, Next, Batman Begins & Last Starfighter were filmed in 2:35 or 2:40

Most TVs are 1:78

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Old 10-05-2007, 01:27 AM
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right but why dont they present the same ratio so that all movies fill your screen? Is it by the movie companies choice have the lesser size ratio to keep the resolution clear to provide the best possible picture?
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I see but whats the benefit in that because at 2:35 your getting Widescreen i take it..the entire image that was recorded where the other size crops some of the picture out?
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Old 10-05-2007, 01:37 AM
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Here's a good explanation.

http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/sh...rs_Go_Away/764
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Old 10-05-2007, 01:39 AM
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Hey there numnuts, I think this article will be a great answer to your question. This should actually be required reading, actually.

http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/sh...rs_Go_Away/764

You will see the movie the way the director intended it to be seen. Some movies are shot at 1.85:1 (which will fill your whole screen), and others are shot closer to 2.35:1, which will place black bars above and below the movie. Personally, I like the fact that movies keep their original aspect ratio and do not sacrifice the edges of the picture to "fill the screen." The article will explain everything.
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Old 10-05-2007, 01:45 AM
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I see but whats the benefit in that because at 2:35 your getting Widescreen i take it..the entire image that was recorded where the other size crops some of the picture out?
well hopefully you wont get hammered for this one :P ......

The aspect ratio is usually by the directors choice. The movies you see on TV are usually cropped (to fill your screen). That is why you see the message at the beginning that this film has been edited to fit your TV. With a correct aspect ratio you may see the black bars, but you are seeing the entire picture. The thing is is that the movie is wider then your TV thus the black bars. If you had a Constant Height projector system you could be able to view the movies without black bars as they have lens attachments that allow you to "adjust" the picture to your screen.

The link though pretty much sums it up as far as aspect ratios go. here are a few more links about aspect ratios:

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...reenorama.html

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/home/wsfaq.html

http://www.digitalconnection.com/FAQ/HDTV_7.asp

In the end you WANT to see the movie in OAR (Original Aspect Ratio) in some cases you are missing content that you should be seeing when they crop a film to fit. the most important thing to remember is you want OAR, sometimes this means that the movie will "fill" your screen (1.85 due to overscan, sometimes there are very thin bars) sometimes this means you will get "black bars" due to the film's OAR being wider than your TV.
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Thanks very enlightening
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Old 10-05-2007, 03:50 AM
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Am I the only one who thinks a film shot at 2.35:1 looks great on a large screen?
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