Originally Posted by HarrisonS
Actually, the "Zoom" setting on my Pioneer Elite does do this. ...
You mean the Elite can actually zoom in on a 16:9 SD letter-box image and then squish it horizontally back to 4:3 at the same time?
How do you tell the Elite not to squish back to 4:3 if you only want to zoom in a 16:9 LB picture which is what is normally needed?
... But I think it looks better in the "4:3" setting, despite the sidebars and a smaller picture. ...
But that's the problem, Escape and Grit's pictures are really already in 4:3, then in turn within a 16:9 box inside of it (i.e. it's a window-box image). Now if the picture inside that 16:9 box is stretched 4:3 as it is on some of the older movies they show there is no "common" way to un-stretch it.
... Also note that 4:3 material will already appear that way on unstretched SD like COZI, and presumably Movies!, if they were to show a very old classic filmed in 4:3. ...
Well, the problem I have here is that as I explained awhile back my stupid TV (and as many others behave unfortunately), defaults to 4:3 when receiving 16:9 SD channels like COZI, Movies! (finally) along with all other 16:9 SD channels. And I have to manually switch the TV to widescreen and back when I'm finished viewing the channel.
... What really bugs me, however, is the widespread practice of cropping widescreen movies, etc., to a 4:3 ratio, for example, This TV on 5.3, (and 69.3 if you can get San Diego). Those people are living in the last century!
Just crop or center-cut unless there is a specific Pan & Scan version they're telecasting.
Sometimes opening the program with the old familiar and nowadays quite sickening message ...
"This Movie has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit your screen ... "