Originally Posted by CAVX
A 2560 x 1080 native display is actually a good thing as it means true anamorphic titles may actually become a reality and it means the beginning of the end for 16:9 as the main format.
2560x1080 wouldn't do anything to make anamorphic titles become a reality. In fact, I don't know how anamorphic could possibly be a part of this at all.
If a new format, the source material for 2.35 titles would be native 2.35 aspect ratio- not anamorphically encoded. The whole point of anamorphic is rendered obsolete by a 2560x1080 format. 2.35 would no longer need to be optically corrected.
Using Blu-ray as source, all you would be doing is zooming the 1920x810 active source area up to 2560x1080, and then project without an A-lens. This is similar to what we do with those crappy non-anamorphic DVDs. Not good.
The 2560x1080 thing is an interesting concept, but we'll never see our Blu-ray titles replaced by this format. If anything, 4K or similar would be a viable replacement someday.
If anamorphic titles are what you're interested in (and I am), then you would want future 4K (4096×2160) spec'd titles to be anamorphically encoded so that 1.85 and 2.35 titles both have full source resolution, instead of 2.35 getting 3/4 resolution, as it is now.
In the end, I think everyone can agree that we want 1.85 & 2.35 to both have the same source resolution (or close to it), and both be able to be presented at that resolution, in the proper aspect ratio.
I guess what I'm wondering is why the lens crowd is so fixated on this "solution", when it doesn't seem to solve anything at all.
I'd be good with current Blu-ray's being encoded anamorphically. This would cause me to purchase an A-lens, without a doubt- and I'd be happy to do it for the increased source resolution. Of course this isn't in Blu-ray's specs, and won't happen- which is why I think 4K is the next chance for us to have this "solved".
There are some people that think 4K will make lenses obsolete- and from a pixel resolvability standpoint I understand. I believe the primary function for an anamorphic lens is to optically correct anamorphically encoded material. Anything else that people use it for with Blu-ray are just minor conveniences (brightness, pixel size, projected black bars, easy AR switching, etc...).
I believe 4K and front projection, assuming they include anamorphic encodes in the spec, is what will cause A-lenses to be a near requirement for home theaters.