Originally Posted by jeahrens
The resolution of the media is meaningless as some sort of ratio yardstick. I bought widescreen VHS tapes where the media resolution was 1.33:1. I was never deluded into thinking this meant something about how it was meant to be presented. The ratios you keep typing are :1 for a reason. Cinema has been about width vs. height as the constant and still is. Cheap commodity theaters building narrow screens is not some sort of industry endorsement for narrow screens, it's building on the cheap on the part of the theater owners. Nothing more. There tons of movies intended to be shown narrower not taller.
If you want to base your screen around the 1-2% of cropped IMAX content out there be my guest. If you believe filling your wall is a great approach to sizing your screen rather than looking at what you watch, I couldn't disagree more.
A 1.78:1 ratio screen by it's very nature compromises every wider filmed AR you display on it.
I did not state that resolution should set any standard on aspect ratios. In prior posts I did state that Blu ray does in fact proportionally shrink the size compared to total resolution available for content wider than 1.78, that's a fact, this goes along with most displays formatted to 16:9 not 2.35. By it's very nature Blu ray is a 16.9 format, not 2.35. That does't mean you have to use any particular screen format over the other.
My point here is that resolution should not be considered a standard of any sort. They could for instance release 2.35 movies in a digital format in 2330x930 resolution for HD content which is equal resolution to 1920x1080. In digital terms, there's no reason this couldn't be done.
A 1.78 screen compromising 2.35 filmed movie. No, it doesn't. You see every pixel for pixel available. The confusion here is size. You folks think 2.35 must always be the larger
format as if we must set all variables to 2.35 as the correct base ratio format. I do not agree with that. There are different aspect ratios for a reason. There's literally no written proof that 2.35 is the mandatory standard for filming movies, TV shows, documentaries, etc. It's all a matter of preference.
There's various ways one would decide on screen format. Content is one. Overall, taking in consideration TV shows that are formatted narrower, movies that are narrower than 2.35, those out number 2.35 movies and of all content on Blu ray or DVD, 16:9 makes more sense over 2.35, if
you're going to claim that there are more 2.35 movies so that means a 2.35 ratio should be the standard format used, clearly that isn't going to work here. Either way, it's a preference.
This isn't the 1950's. We have options now. You can have different screen types of varying sizes, pick the one that works best for you.