Originally Posted by LowellG
I like both and am looking for a perfect compromise to which I think one does not exist. If I go to a 130" 16x9 from my 120" it will make the verticle 2.5" more on each side and the horizontal 4.5" wider on each side. Doesn't sound like much, I would just have to get used to it from the 13'. If I go 135" 2.35 to one the 16x9 would not be as big as my current 120". I think that would give me a 107" 16x9 screen within the 135" 2.35.1. Not bad, but not 120". There is a compromise one way or the other.
Sounds like you are in a similar mind set as myself when it comes to what would be perfect for you.
I can tell you what I do but it runs contrary to what most on the forum do and agree are perfect for them.
There is no hard rule saying you have to have ether / or 16:9 or 2.35:1 as a screen size.
I don’t have a screen. I painted my entire wall with screen paint originally to play around with presentation methods and found I like the free form method of selecting an image size I stuck with it. If I had to buy a screen I would chose a CIH+IMAX sized 16:9 screen, as that would hold all possible sizes I could ever want inside it.
It is a misconception IMO that if you are satisfied with the size of your scope screen as being totally immersive both vertical and horizontally that there may not be other content that you might feel is the perfect size for you taller but not as wide. IMO it does no disservice to a great scope movie to watch the original Wizard of Oz (Academy AR) a few inches taller.
My reasoning is when you go to a commercial theater you are given the option of many levels of immersion because the theater has many rows of seats. They are all good seats just to suit different tastes and get more people in the theater. Fortunately people have different tastes for immersion or we would all be fighting over the one and only perfect seat. Your zoom setting give you the virtual ability to simulate other rows at home.
Some people like
have found they only need 2 settings to be satisfied that works for him. I have many more and true there are only a few movies like Dunkirk or Avatar or The Hateful Eight that goes the other way, but when they come along why not enjoy them as a special treat as the director wanted you to. I personally find Game of Thrones that is “just TV” and also Planet Earth to be IMAX like and enjoy using more screen area for that.
What is now being called Prestige TV by some is being directed with larger flat panel TV’s in mind and not framed like old TV used to be where the director assumed it was a small TV with little immersion. This is just my opinion others may argue this. Some of this Netflix stuff is very well done and looks better to me taller than Wheel of fortune or the news. If you chose to watch that stuff on your projector.