Originally Posted by Cyclone82
So how did things go with this guys?
I did get the movie for you from the TCM-HD channel, which did transmit it in true anamorphic widescreen. Since I knew ahead of time that the movie ran 90mins, I was able to preset my Pioneer recorder to maximize bitrate to fit a 90 min movie on a standard single-layer 4.4GB dvd in best possible quality. (Because DVD/HDD recorders are standard def, the dvd I made is standard def and formatted as a standard DVD which will play on any hardware.)
I recorded the signal from TCM-HD via the HDMI output of the cable box passed thru an HDMI>S-video converter, to the S-Video input of my Pioneer DVR. It looks very good on my 32" Sony Bravia LCD. TCM-HD showed the movie (in New York, anyway) as 16:9 anamorphic with a small black border on the bottom of the screen, on my 32" LCD I'd say the bottom black border is about an inch thick. So the image fills the screen but the active area is more like 2:1 than 16:9. The dvd will automatically display as 2:1 on a flatscreen LCD or plasma, or letterbox itself if connected to an older 4:3 CRT television.
If you'd like me to mail you the DVD, PM me with your address in Aus.