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I hope this is the right forum for this question.

If a DVD is described to be in the "Anamorphic" format instead of just calling it "widescreen" does this mean it is really written in a 4:3 format, but has the black bars so the picture is 16:9 (or similar)?

I have a couple DVD's that when played on a wide format HDTV, show as if you are zoomed out. IE there are substantial black bars on all 4 sides.

I was looking at buying the old movie Mississippi Burning on Ebay. I am pretty sure this is out of print as they are $30 on Amazon or any other big retailer. It's $87 on Movie Mars (go figure). You can find them used on Ebay now and then, but I noticed the format label and thought I'd ask. I hate the reduced picture. If you zoom in the resolution is not so hot.

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"Anamorphic" = Optimized for a 16:9 screen.

"Non-anamorphic" = Not optimized for a 16:9 screen.

Note that this has nothing to do with a movie's photographic aspect ratio. An anamorphic disc can still have letterbox bars if the movie's native aspect ratio is wider than 16:9. However, the picture will have increased resolution and detail.

Here's an old primer on the subject:

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...c/welcome.html

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I have a couple DVD's that when played on a wide format HDTV, show as if you are zoomed out. IE there are substantial black bars on all 4 sides.

Those would be non-anamorphic DVDs. You need to zoom in to fill the width of the screen, but doing so usually results in crummy picture quality due to the low resolution.

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"Anamorphic" = Optimized for a 16:9 screen.

"Non-anamorphic" = Not optimized for a 16:9 screen.

Note that this has nothing to do with a movie's photographic aspect ratio. An anamorphic disc can still have letterbox bars if the movie's native aspect ratio is wider than 16:9. However, the picture will have increased resolution and detail.

Here's an old primer on the subject:

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...c/welcome.html

Those would be non-anamorphic DVDs. You need to zoom in to fill the width of the screen, but doing so usually results in crummy picture quality due to the low resolution.

Thanks, great link.

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