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Enhanced Widescreen was a term often used for DVD release to indicate it was an "anamorphic" video disc. That is an important feature on standard dvd since it permits upconverting dvd players to take full advantage of high definition widescreen TVs by providing as full a picture as possible without cropping or distorting the original aspect ratio. Non-anamorphic DVDs tend to result in black bars all around the picture, while anamorphic dvds generally only have black bars on the top and bottom when maintaining the correct aspect ratio of the original.
Many HD-DVD & blu-ray titles came out in 1.78:1 aspect ratio when the original master had at least that much information available, and had been matted down to 1.85:1 for theater release. Since a blu-ray title is on the disc in full 1080i or p, I cannot imagine what "enhanced widescreen" means in BestBuy's description, but consider the possibility it is just a carryover from DVD days . . ..
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