Originally Posted by cr136124
Nice move and thanks for the review that you posted. How do you handle movies with multiple-formats (Batman's movies for instance).
Final question: where are the pics?
No, seriously, if you have a chance please post a couple of pics of the Monoprice screen. I'm currently using the same screen that you are about to return and I'm thinking on probably following your steps...............see what you did to me?!?!?
Yeah those multiple format movies like Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises are a real headache for Constant-Image-Height setups. I believe there's more than one thread in the CIH Chat section just discussing those 2 movies. I think the only options are to either play them like you would a 16:9 movie, using just the middle part of the screen, which will keyhole the 2.35 material and display the 16:9 IMAX shots in their entirety, or make the 2.35 material fill the screen and let the IMAX stuff spill over the top and bottom. Luckily I watched Dark Knight Rises a couple months ago with my 16:9 screen!
Honestly though, I wouldn't worry about it too much because while there may be a handful more, those are the only two movies I personally know of that pose that problem for 2.35 screen owners. And how often are you gonna watch them again once you've seen them, right? 99% of 2.35 movies keep a constant ratio, so don't let the couple of "weird" ones talk you out of the joys of a 2.35 screen."...see what you did to me?!?!?"
Haha, sorry if I'm putting ideas in your head!
After installing my 16:9 screen last October, it seemed like every movie I watched had the big black bars, and the occasional 1.78 or 1.85 movie looked SOOO much bigger because it filled the screen. If you spend enough time looking at the CIH Chat section here, you'll read things like 75% of movies are 2.35 format (especially most of the big-budget blockbusters), and tons of comments about how happy people are after making the switch to 2.35. I kept my wants at bay telling myself it's gonna be expensive having to buy a video scaler, anamorphic lens, and new screen, but it was useless. Looking through finished theater pics it really seems like 2.35 is getting more and more popular. Where there's a will there's a way, and I discovered I'm able to scale for "free" running movies through my HTPC, and I snagged a great deal on a used anamorphic lens. And finally going with the monoprice screen made the switch much more affordable than I originally thought. (you should have been there when I was explaining this to the wife, after
I bought the stuff of course!)
If you're thinking about it, do it! You absolutely won't regret it. It's probably the most effective upgrade one can do to their theater without spending a zillion dollars.
Just look at the animation on this homepage: http://www.panamorph.com/
I'll try to get some pictures up for you comparing the before and after.