Originally Posted by AndreHD
Alright, when HBO shows the 2.40 movies in 1.85, you're telling me that something is left out of the picture?!
Yes, if shot in widescreen anamorphic, a 1.85 showing removes picture. Watching such films on HBO (or AMC, etc.) is a waste to me. HBO alters ALL widescreen films. (except for the very few old masters that they haven't got around to cropping yet). Or, if shot in Super-35, then the composition is screwed up. Trust me...cinematographers and directors go to a LOT of time and trouble planning, setting-up, and shooting what should be in frame and where items or people are placed. I respect that and don't want to see a 2.40 image altered, anymore than I'd want to see a 1.85 image shown at 1.33! Nor would I want to see 1.33 films, like THE ARTIST, cropped/altered to fill a 16X9 TV frame.
With 3D, HBO shows widescreen movies cropped. Starz, on the other hand, will show movies cropped in 2D HD...but their 3D versions are in the correct ratio. (TRON II being one of them.)