Originally Posted by Josh Z
The entire 16:9 image, black bars included, has a resolution of 1920x1080. The original HD master uses square pixels and does include the black bars on movies wider than 16:9. The 2.35:1 active image area of a "scope" movie utilizes approximately 1920x800 of those pixels.
You and your wife should stop worrying about the black bars and just watch the movie. Turn off the lights in your room -- It helps.
Thanks for clearing up the question of the pixel-dimension of the HD-DVD signal.
As I said, my wife and I would like the option of seeing a movie that was shot in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio cropped so that our display recieves an "active image area" signal that is approximately 1080 pixels high, by 1920 pixels wide - or, in the case of our lcd display, 768 pixels high by 1366 pixels wide.
In other words, we want full height resolution maintained and cut off, in the theortical case of a native 1080 x 2538, 2.35:1 aspect ratio image, 309 pixels on each side.
Whether or not one does this is all a question of taste, and it seems that my wife and I are far from alone.
From what you say about the HD-DVD active image area being 1920x800 on a 2.35:1 movie, I think that my wife and I can get what we want on our 1366x768 lcd display should we in the future buy an HD-DVD player that has a zoom feature. We'll send our display a 1080i signal (our display does not accept 1080p) and simply zoom it until our display's 768-pixel height is filled, or nearly filled, or whatever we want in between, with the 800-pixel active image height of the incoming 1080 signal.
Bye bye black bars, and we'd still have full "HD" vertical resolution. Of course we'd lose image on either end, but, as I said, so be it.