Originally Posted by bapride84
I currently own a Widescreen TV and watch several DVD and Blue-Ray discs with it. I have noticed that the Apect ratio that fills up my TV is 1.85:1. Several movies are 2.4:1. My question is:
Why do DVD companies put out 2.4:1 movies or film in 2.4:1 ratio when it wont fill up anybody's TV screen. I was just basically wondering why cant everything be 1.85:1 and make life easier.
The DVD companies don't make the movies (*) - they just release the movies that were made for cinemas (theaters). Given that a lot of films are made in a Cinemascope style widescreen, and projected in this manner in the cinema, and given that most home TVs aren't Cinemascope aspect ratio, then when mastered for DVD, HD-DVD, BluRay or TV broadcast they have to transfer them either to fill the screen, cropping bits of the original picture, or transfer them to show the whole film frame, with black bars top and bottom. The latter is preferred for DVD releases and by some movie channels, whilst the former is used less often for DVD releases, but is more common for general broadcast outlets.
(*) Yes - I know that the DVDs are often released by the same studio that makes the movie - but they don't make the movie specifically for DVD release, and the department that releases the DVDs is not the same dept. that makes the movie.