- 16:9 letter box: Means backwards compatibility for those not wanting to upgrade.
- 16:9 full screen: Will this be like a P&S? Great for those that hate black bars and love their 16:9 screens.
- Anamorphic 16:9: What everyone that uses an A-Lens wants. The previous Subtitle issue will be no longer either.
- True 21:9: Forward and future thinking. Got to be happy with that.
Question is, when do we begin to see this?[/quote]
To go down your list:
1. Exactly. There will be a basic letterboxed version of the movie with quality *at least as good* as current letterboxed Blu-ray. This is how any non-MFE equipped Blu-ray player will play back the film and requires no special hardware or display.
2. Again, you have this exactly right. This mode is for those who can't stand black bars on their 16:9 TVs and don't mind cropping off the sides of the image, and would be equivalent to what HBO does with most 2.35:1 / 2.40:1 content. The advantage here, though, is that instead of just a "zoomed" 1920 x 810 image, the viewer would have full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution.
3. You nailed it - full resolution anamorphic. This mode will also be the one used by current 21:9 sets, since as of this writing none of them actually accept a full 2560 x 1080 resolution image.
4. Yes, true 21:9 at 2560 x 1080. As displays become capable of accepting this new resolution, MFE will already have the capability built in.
As to your last question, when will we begin to see this, please stay tuned to this channel. Studio demos are already being lined up and we are in discussions with Blu-ray manufacturers.
Please keep in mind that MFE is not only for constant height fans, but for everyone. The idea is to have maximum versatility, in that no matter what type of display you have -16:9 or 21:9 - you can watch movies in whichever format you prefer, and at full resolution. For those who just can't stand the letterbox bars and have 16:9 displays, they now have a full resolution version of the movie to chose. Those with 21:9 displays or anamorphic projection systems get the best of all worlds - no black bars, full resolution, and the highest performance implementation of the MFE process.