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post #1 of 5 Old 10-03-2001, 10:35 AM - Thread Starter
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The Sony is 1.78.1 ratio and some movies (like the Mummy) are 2.35.1. This will have black bars top and bottom.Though much smaller than on a 1.33 display. You must buy the widescreen version. The chop and crop, pan and scan version is blaspheme. There is no way to fill the whole screen (nor do you wont to ) without chopping off the ends and zooming or stretching the geometry out of shape. You need to have a better understanding of aspect ratios. Go here and maybe some others can point you to some more sites.

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Becasa- I am not trying to be funny but have you ever viewed your movies in the dark? Every one that I have I watch with the shades pulled down or at night time. When a 2:35:1 comes along there is nothing, but a very wide movie to watch.


Think about it when you go to the theatre is there lights on all the time, or do they fade to black at the start of the movie? I watched 'Atilla'(the Hun) last night in 2:25:1, it was great all the soldiers standing wide. In starting to move you could also see the 'depth' of so many Roman soldiers coming down that hill!

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I have a Sony VPL-10HT projector and a 106" screen. I was trying to play a DVD that is recorder in 2:35:1 anamorphic but can't find a mode that will fill the screen without sacrificing resolution. So now I was about to purchase the new Mummy Returns DVD and it comes in two formats, Widescreen (2:35:1 anamorphic) and Fullscreen (1:33:1). I don't want the fullscreen since that will put me at a 4:3 ratio but the Widescreen won't fill the screen either? Can someone help with some suggestions and tell me what options there are with these formats? Thanks for the help.
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Anamorphic is a process and does not change the aspect ratio of the movie. With that said, the rest is simple geometry. Your screen is sized at 1.78:1, which means it is 1.78 times wider than it is tall. In order for a movie that has an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 to be displayed on your screen, their will still be some small black bars above and below the image.

The two most common aspect ratios used on DVD movies are 1.85:1 and 2.35:1. Here's a sample of how each will look on a 1.78:1 screen...

http://personal.atl.bellsouth.net/at...illhunting.jpg
1.85:1 DVD displayed on a 1.78:1 screen


http://personal.atl.bellsouth.net/at...n/rushmore.jpg
2.35:1 DVD displayed on a 1.78:1 screen




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hob,

What version of Atila? Where was it shown?
I'll greatly appreciate your input. Thanks!...

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