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While watching Fight club on HBO ZONE today I noticed something odd about the aspect ratio.  Seemed to fill the screen a bit more than the 10th anniversary blu ray.

During the Marla breast cancer scene where Jack is looking for lumps, both breasts are fully visible. At which point I fired up the blu ray of that scene and all you see is the top of jacks hand.

 

So what verison/aspect ratio is HBO airing?

I was under the impression the 2.39:1 was superior and showed the whole frame.

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I was under the impression the 2.39:1 was superior and showed the whole frame.

It all depends on the film. Sometimes the sides are cropped in order to make the image a fullscreen 16x9 image. This is by far the most common method for movies filmed using an anamorphic lens.

In this case the top and bottom were opened up to show more image. Fight Club was shot on Super 35 so a full-frame 4x3 image was captured and cropped to 2.35:1. Interesting that HBO is using a version that's been opened up.
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Fight Club was composed for 2.39:1. HBO is airing an open-matte transfer that exposes excess, unintended picture information at the top and bottom of the screen.

HBO has a "no letterboxing" policy because someone at the network is a hardcore black bar hater. Only in rare exceptions do movies air letterboxed on the network. For example, Steven Soderbergh had it written into his contract that the movies in his Ocean's trilogy cannot be cropped to any other aspect ratio.

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Fight Club was composed for 2.39:1. HBO is airing an open-matte transfer that exposes excess, unintended picture information at the top and bottom of the screen.

HBO has a "no letterboxing" policy because someone at the network is a hardcore black bar hater. Only in rare exceptions do movies air letterboxed on the network. For example, Steven Soderbergh had it written into his contract that the movies in his Ocean's trilogy cannot be cropped to any other aspect ratio.

And also applied to Soderbergh's MAGIC MAN (or whatever that go-go boy thing is called). A shame that other directors don't follow suit.

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