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I see this aspect ratio on the Night To Remember DVD.Whats is it?Is it an odd aspect ratio?Is it Anamorphic on this DVD?Thanks J.H.
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1.66:1 means the horizontal is 1.66 times as long as the vertical.

It is a fairly common aspect ratio. Most Disney animated movies for example are made in 1.66:1 aspect ratio.

It can be anamorphic.
As far as DVDs go, anamorphic means that the encoded image is 1.78:1 or 16:9. For 1.85:1 films that requires a small black bar to be added to the top and bottom of the image, for 1.66:1 films it requires a small black bar to be added to the sides of the image. Not sure if the particular DVD you are asking about is anamorphic though. Sorry.
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This was also the aspect ratio used as the European wide screen at one time. The first three James Bond Films were 1.66:1 as was the Hitchcock film Frenzy for example.

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The Europeans use it a lot.

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Thanks for the informations it really helped.So the picture should not fill the whole screen with 1.66:1? J.H.
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It shouldn't although most disney DVDs that are 1.66:1 anamorphic crop it the same as what would be done in most US theaters and recompose to 1.85:1
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The 40th Anniversary Special Edition Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb dvd is 1:66 anamorphic 16:9.
http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s1407love.html
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1.66:1 is the same as 15:9. While European widescreen sets are 16:9, due to overscan most proper 15:9 titles will look just like normal 16:9 titles - the black bars get eaten by the overscan border.

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