Edit: Thanks to Mycroft1888 I now realise that progprog is discussing anamorphic from the camera's point of view, and that I've been discussing it from the film's transfer to DVD point of view. I've also relied on packaging information by the studios to try to decifer what's actually on a given DVD.
Edit: When I wrote this post I was referring to anamorphic as it is applied to film transfers to DVD and it's relationship to package labeling by the studios. Progprog is looking at anamorphic from the camera point of view. Thanks to xxxx for pointing this difference out to me.
Originally Posted by progprog
As described above, anamorphic is one specific type of widescreen format, and its aspect ratio is 2.35:1.
Anamorphic processing is currently available to be used on any film that is wider than 1.33:1(1.37:1). In recent years they all seem to be Anamorphic.
Is the first method used to create widescreen images with 35MM and larger film. The cameras were modified to mask each frame of film so that the exposed portion of the film would match the desired image aspect ratio.
The big disadvantage of Letterbox was lost detail, because only a fraction of the negative was being exposed. Anamorphic lenses were developed to fix that problem because they allow the entire negative to be exposed.
One reason this topic is so confusing is the one you pointed out. The studios are not consistent in the terms that they have used.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) is listed at IMDB
as Anamorphic, Pan & Scan, 1.85:1. The original film is Anamorphic 1.85:1, but it was also released as a Pan & Scan, 1.33:1 version where the original frames were cropped to make the image fill a 4x3 sized display. Widescreen movies being broadcast on HD channels frequently are cropped if they are wider than 1.78:1 (16x9).
The Hudsucker Proxy is listed at Netflix as Widescreen, which in this case means that their copies are Anamorphic 1.85:1.
What we need are labeling standards that are followed. I like older movies, so I always need to find out if the older widescreen movies I watch are Letterbox or Anamorphic in order to setup our Kuro and DVD player correctly.Ratatouille at IMDB
DVD Format: Widescreen AnamorphicAt Netflix:
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.39:1
The fact it's an animated film does not prevent it being Anamorphic.
These Disney-Pixar animated films are labeled with two viewing options:"Finding Nemo"
Full Frame Version of the film (1.33:1) - Specially Reframed for Standard Televisions (that means cropped)
Widescreen Version of the film (1.78:1) - Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions (that means anamorphic)"Cars"
Theatrical Widescreen Viewing Presentation (2.39:1) - Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions (that means anamorphic)
Even the same studio in a similar time frame, can't seem to use the same terminology.