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Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Butte, Montana Hometown of the late Evel Knievel
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I did some testing last night on my DVHS recording of this film. My BenQ 8700+ DLP front projector allows one to select 4:3 aspect ratio even for HD signals. I switched to the 4:3 aspect ratio and it was clear that all people, objects etc. were squeezed big time. If this was a stretched presentation then the picture would look normal. Jim Carrey's shoulders look about the width of a 8 year old female gymnast and his head looked like he keeps it in a vice. Commercials looked normal in the 4:3 frame and clearly stretched in HD 16:9. Just compare the look of the obviously stretched commercials to the film. The film does not look at all like the commercials. Also the detail is far beyond any upconverted dvd, satellite etc. Fibers in his sweater are clearly visible and print on his insurance forms and the magazine he looks at at his desk are sharp as a tack. No dvd or sd sattelte whether upcoverted or not can accomplish this or even come close on my size screen. I have over 200 dvds and over 200 HD tapes including D-Theater and there is no contest which is which played on my 92" screen. My copy of The Truman Show recorded on Saturday is HD no doubt about it.
I use Dish Network and wonder if Direct TV's compression or a smaller video display is the reason one could possibly think this is not HD? Also, I sit 10' away fom my 45x80 inch screen and difference in picture quality is big. Maybe others sit furher back than 1.5 screen widths away.
I mean no disrespect to others opinions I am just stating my opinion/findings.
My equipment: JVC RS55 for 2D, BenQ W7000 for 3D, Carada 40x117 2.925:1 AR BW Criterion screen, Navatar .8 HD conversion lens, Darbee Darblet, region free Oppo BP93, Toshiba HD-A35 HD-DVD, JVC HD-DH5U D-Theater, Mitsubishi HS-HD 20000 DVHS, Pioneer CLD-97 LD player/AC-3 mod, B&K AC3 Demodulator