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Never saw this before so I thought I'd share.

Taken from The Digital Bits' "The Ultimate Guide to Anamorphic"

Hope it helps as reference.

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Few studios seem to label the anamorphic widescreen feature on their DVD packaging in exactly the same way, and some don't label it at all. But the following are some words to look for in general.


20th Century Fox: Enhanced for Widescreen TVs, sometimes not labeled

Anchor Bay: Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

Artisan: 16:9 Fullscreen Version, or Enhanced for 16:9 Television

Buena Vista: Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions

Columbia TriStar: Anamorphic Video (recently), often not labeled

Criterion: Enhanced for Widescreen Televisions, or simply "16:9"

DreamWorks: Anamorphic Widescreen

Image: Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

MGM: Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

New Line: Enhanced for Widescreen TVs

Paramount: Enhanced for 16x9

Trimark: Widescreen (if it says "Letterboxed", that's non-anamorphic)

Universal: Anamorphic Widescreen

USA: Widescreen 16x9

Warner Bros: Enhanced for Widescreen TVs
Here are some examples
http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...ic/mgm16x9.jpg http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...amount16x9.jpg http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...versal16x9.jpg http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...warner16x9.jpg

MGM Anamorphic--------------Paramount Anamorphic--------Universal Anamorphic---------Warner Anamorphic


Whatta Ya Know!!! I Got More Anamorphics Then I Thought!!! :)
 

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I only got 2 that are non anamorphic. Planet of the Apes, and Jaws the Revenge. Now I go with anamorphic as much as possible. But, if it's something I really want, and it's not available in anamorphic, regular letterbox will do for now. Then later on, when it comes out in anamorphic, I'll probably buy it, and sell the letterbox copy I got on eBay. :D
 

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If the studios could not decide the official description for anamorphic enhancement, then this may explain why there are factions on the HD-DVD debate.


Are there any industry-wide standards for DVDs and their packaging?
 

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Well as for Columbia/TriStar almost none of their DVD's are labeled at all to indicate they are Anamorphic but I believe all but maybe a few VERY early DVD releases from them are non-Anamorphic.
 

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I appreciate the help, I certainly care whether it's anamorphic or not, but sometimes it's impossible to tell from the packaging. Another thing that needs a universal defining is "letterbox". I take it to mean that it's not anamorphic, but I don't know if that's what they mean when they write it!


Dish net has some PPV movies in "letterbox" and I won't buy one because channels like AMC and IFC show movies in "lbx" and they look absolutely horrible on my Toshiba 40h80. They stretch out to fill and don't stretch vertically (I know I can adjust that, but it doesn't work out to look very good and subtitles are cut off) so they are horribly mangled and so I definately won't pay extra to watch one like that, but if Dish means "widescreen", I would love to see what that looks like as I still do not have an hdtv receiver. (Still waiting for the 921)


I know, I know, I'm horribly mangled myself.


Rick
 
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