Originally Posted by HorseHi
Spiderman 2 3D
Disappointed - Story line slow. Bad acting.
Need to trade this disk
Wish I had never bought this BR disk
2:40:1 (not full 16:9 screen)
After my learning experienced, I don't buy disks that are not:
I disagree with you about the story and acting, but that's a matter of taste.
Most movies have been shot at aspect ratios much wider than 16:9 (1.78:1), usually hovering around 2.35:1 (though Stanley Kubrick shot in 2.2:1), as a way to provide a widescreen experience that 4:3 (1.33:1) TV sets couldn't match, at least since the nineteen-sixties. We have two eyes, each with a roughly circular field of vision, placed a few inches apart, leading to a field of view at least twice as wide as it is high.
That is what most movies made in the past half century have attempted to emulate, at least in part to provide something that 4:3 TVs - which were all there were until a decade or so ago - couldn't match, as a way to lure folks away from their TVs and back into movie theaters.
Before 16:9 screens (and Blu-rays) became common, films on DVD were often available in two versions: the original aspect ratio "widescreen" version and a "fullscreen" version, with the image zoomed in on to fill the screen vertically, with one or both sides of the image shaved off to fit the screen - but that was to fit a 4:3 conventional TV screen.
Now that 16:9 screens have become common, leading to much thinner black bars above and below than on a 4:3 screen when watching a widescreen movie, the studios don't bother making "fullscreen" versions any more.
You're radically limiting your viewing choices by rejecting anything shot wider than 16:9.