I forgot to mention the other thing about Immortals 3D: its full screen. Which wasn't the case with Green Lantern and Priest. If its 3D, it HAS to be full screen. The black bars at the top and bottom, IMO, are a distraction from the 3D, and destroys the "suspension of disbelief". Its supposed to come "out of the screen", not out of the borders
Yeah, here it is...I had this issue when my main moniter was my 32" Samsung CRT. Its a small screen in the FIRST place, so if I got a DVD with the 2.40:1 ratio, I'd get the smaller picture with the bars on the top and bottom. I'd get the bars on the 1.85:1 movies TOO, but the difference was I could use the "vertical stretch" function to to make the picture fullscreen. You only noticed anything when looking at humans. Their foreheads were bigger
. You didn't really notice anything different from the inanimate objects. If I stretched the 2.40:1 picture, it STILL wasn't big enough to fill the screen, and the black bars were still there. I prefered stretching the 1.85:1. When I realized to check the ratios on the box, I only went for 1.85:1 DVDs, and only got the 2.40s if that was the only option. HBO HD plays all their movies and events in 1.85, while Showtime played their movies in 2.40 and (boxing) events in 1.85, BTW.
Now that CRT is my secondary TV, and I now have a true letterbox 55", the 1.85 fills the entire screen naturally with no stretching, and the 2.40 does what the 1.85 used to do, the black bars. Gotta check to see if I can stretch it, or stay away from 2.40s
. These very same movies, that are 2.40 on the DVD, or 1.85 on OTHER mediums, like On Demand or the premium cable channels (other than ShowTime).