Originally Posted by stanger89
The vast majority of movies in my collection are Scope, it's generally the format of choice for big budget blockbuster type movies. Of course overall production tends to be about 50/50, and when you factor in non-movie content, then yeah, 16:9 dwarfs scope content.
It really just depends on your taste, and more importantly, it depends on your perspective on presentation. If you're like me (and most other CIH users), and think that epic, blockbuster, scope movies like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc, should be larger like they were when presented properly in the theater, then it's a no-brainer to go CIH. If you're the type who just wants as many square inches of your screen covered as possible, as much of the time as possible, then 16:9 makes more sense if you watch a lot of non-movie content.
Its funny, I spent years with a 16:9 screen and it always annoyed me that scope movies didn't have the impact they should have, so when the wife finally allowed me to have a dedicated room, I went with a nice curved 2.35 screen with an A-lens for a CIH set-up. I was bowled over by the new cinematic scale of scope movies. However it took only a few months for me to become annoyed that 16:9 movies and games didn't have the impact they should.
I have just recently built myself a new DIY screen, with electronic masking (still in progress), and have created a Constant Image Area (CIA) setup, and I'm finally happy with the scale. 16:9 movies and games now look large enough and have enough impact, but when I switch to 2.35, there is still a sufficient and apparent increase in scale for scope movies.
I couldn't be happier with it and I'd thoroughly recommend to anyone willing to put the effort in, to consider going with a CIA set-up.