Originally Posted by Marc Alexander
I would disagree, the matte is not always the same for each movie. The matted portion is not equal top and bottom. I've seen plenty open matte where just the top is opened up.
Which is why it's necessary to compare between the DVD and the HD presentation, and post captures as I did.
If somebody does that comparison and posts the results, it will be useful for people who have display with blanking capacity and want to get the closest to OAR as possible.
I have plenty of open matte movies that are totally watchable this way, it would have been a shame to miss them just because it requires some extra work to make them palatable!