Originally Posted by JazzGuyy
I don't think you should have a widescreen aspect ratio if that isn't how the movie was intended to be seen. I watch lots of classic movies and I wouldn't want to see them cropped to be widescreen. Cropping is every bit as bad as pan and scan in my estimation.
I think most people here would agree with you. The problem is the masses of stupid people for whom the presence of black bars (either vertical or horizontal) is simply beyond all comprehension. It's not just that they don't want them there, but they actually don't understand why they're there in the first place.
As annoying as it would be, I wouldn't really be against the idea of putting a "this film has been formatted" message in front of any movie that doesn't fill up a 16:9 display (although I also agree that 1.85 is pretty much unnoticeable). And not just "the black bars at the top and bottom are normal", because that only states that they're supposed to be there, but doesn't explain why
"This film is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, as originally filmed and projected. The black bars on the left and right are normal and preserve the filmmakers' original presentation." or something along those lines.
I absolutely applaud releases that stick to the original intent, even if it might piss off a bunch of ignorant &^*()&s.