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Alright...this was on earlier today. The first part of the movie was OAR with the appropriate letter boxing. Then, and I not sure exactly when, it went to crop and zoom.


It will be on again at 12:45. I'll check it again...


The most recent issue/change with a letter boxed film on Starz that I have witnessed was Ratatouille. Different story there though. One showing had a double wide top black bar and no black bar on the bottom. The next (and every other) showing was correct.
 

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...and there it goes. It is because of the credits. The letter boxing is there during the credits and we go to crop/zoom as soon as the opening credits are over. Boo...


I was looking forward to this one.
 

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Because uninformed HDTV owners complain about the black bars and "I paid all this money for an HDTV, I want to see the whole screen full!"


This is why HBO and Cinemax almost always run all of their films zoomed/cropped to 16:9.


As mentioned above, it's that much more disturbing when the film begins and ends in OAR but zooms in after the opening credits.


Recent showings of Earthquake and The Towering Inferno on Cinemax HD also did this.
 

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Originally Posted by kucharsk /forum/post/15454489


Because uninformed HDTV owners complain about the black bars and "I paid all this money for an HDTV, I want to see the whole screen full!"


This is why HBO and Cinemax almost always run all of their films zoomed/cropped to 16:9.


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I doubt that these broadcasters are receiving tons of complaints. After all, people have spent years buying DVDs which are almost always OAR and are much more familiar and accepting of black bars. I've never heard of the home video companies being swamped with complaints. And OAR certainly hasn't hurt Showtime.
 

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I watched it a couple of nights ago and it didn't really look HD. Did the zooming take away the HD look? I didn't expect the peoples faces to be so wide for an HD movie.


Sound was really nice though. I don't know how my wife slept through it when I had it turned up a couple of extra notches.
 

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I watched it a couple of nights ago and it didn't really look HD. Did the zooming take away the HD look? I didn't expect the peoples faces to be so wide for an HD movie.


Sound was really nice though. I don't know how my wife slept through it when I had it turned up a couple of extra notches.

The faces weren't any wider than they should have been. They simply cropped the image and zoomed in. It wasn't stretched. The PQ however was much better before they did this when it was still OAR during the opening credits.
 

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There is a region 4 (PAL) version with the video in anamorphic widescreen (16x9) and audio in Dolby Digital 5.1. The running time is 147 minutes. The video quality (576i) is excellent and the audio is very active in all five speakers.
 
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