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"Widescreen" DVD vs DVD

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
Amazon sells two DVDs of Jesus Christ Superstar:

1. Here are the details of one DVD, which does not say "Widescreen" in the title:

Anamorphic, Widescreen, 2.35:1

2. Then, they sell another DVD with "Widescreen" in the title, which is about $10 more expensive. Here are the details for that DVD:

Anamorphic, Widescreen, 1.78:1

Which is better to purchase for playing on a 1920x1080 HD TV? 1.78:1 is 16:9, but doesn't that have less horizontal content than 2.35:1 ? In other words, the cheaper DVD with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 will display black bars on the top and bottom of my 16:9 HDTV, but will also show more of the film's original content?
post #2 of 3
Well, the original 35mm print of Jesus Christ Superstar in theaters was the 2.35:1 ratio, so I'd go with that one.

edit: Do you mean these two?

http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Christ-S...4593296&sr=8-3

vs.

http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Christ-S...4593085&sr=8-7

They're not the same film.
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Thread Starter 
Haha, you're right: these are two different films. Thanks.
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