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My friend received a Toshiba 56H80 as fathers day gift from his wife. (spoiled b*st*rd)


Neither of us had researched HDTV's and 16X9 tv's thoroughly, so now we are playing catch-up in a hurry.


Some questions:


When watching a movie on DVD that is in 1.85:1, if he chooses the Widescreen 1 option, the image fills the entire TV, but this comes with a loss of the top few inches of picture detail on top and bottom, even thought we set the DVD player to 16X9 mode, and it IS an anamorphic DVD. (Fantasia 2000). Is this normal behavior? We were under the impression that the 16X9 mode, combined with the Widescreen option, would display ALL the information as it would on a non-16X9 TV, only without the black bars.


Also, when checking out the THX optimode Circle for 16:9 televisions, the circle on the screen was about 2 inches taller than it was wide. This certainly has to be a problem, right?


Also, when viewing a letterbox movie, there is a distinctly noticeable bowing of the top and bottom of the frame. Again, this can't be normal.


Are any/all of these symptoms correctable through menu tweaks, or does this sound like a major problem requiring a service call?

 

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Use the full mode to watch all wide screen DVDs. The theater wide modes are use to fill the screens for 4:3 or letter box contents. Don't be confused with the "theater" word for watching all movies.
 

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As Victor said, use FULL for Anamorphic DVD's. This mode stretches the picture on the sides but not the top & bottom. Anamorphic DVD's already have the correct height, it's just the width that's squeezed.
 

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Use "full" for all anamorphic DVD's REGARDLESS OF THE ACTUAL ASPECT RATIO OF THE MOVIE.


Use Theater Wide 2 for all non-anamorphic widescreen DVD's.


Use Standard for 4:3 material.


Use TheaterWide 1 and 3 (if you use them at all) only with 4:3 material which you want to stretch in some way to avoid burning in your screen.
 
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