Originally Posted by Josh Z
The shift that you're talking about on DVD is the result of changing the player's output resolution from non-anamorphic letterbox downconverstion to regular anamorphic widescreen. Very few DVD players offer manually adjustable subtitle positioning.
The Samsung HD950 didn't actually shift the STs. It simply VS'd the image behind the bitmap.
I am not really sure how or why the BD player moves the STs on a DVD up. All I know is that the STs are a bit map over the top of the image and therefore are separate to the image. I tested at least 10 different players including the PS3 and they all did the same thing for the same discs.
I was just joyed that I could now read the STs on films that previously I could not. Ever since owning my first BDP, the player had been set to 1080/24P. I've never bothered to play DVDs at a lower player resolution as the only reason I would even watch a DVD is if a film (like Star Wars) is not available on BD.
Anyway, I watched THE AMERICAN (region B) last night. STs are close to the bottom bar but are not clipped. I also noticed Universal has also made the menu CIH safe by placing black bars top and bottom of the menu as well as the feature.