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OK forgive me for a newbie question but here it goes. I haven't seen an HD movie yet but hopefully will soon from one of the HD Movie Networks (HBO, Showtime, etc).


I've seen the OAR (Original Aspect Ratio), 1:85 and 2:35 tags thrown around here with various movies. Exactly what does that equate to on an HDTV though...?


Assuming you're watching on an HDTV does that mean you're still going to see black bars @ the top and bottom like letterboxing to correct the ratio or will it display right on the widesceen regardless of which of the 3 ratios are used?
 

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1.85 means if you're on a TV with average overscan, then it fills your entire viewing area.


If the movie is 2.35:1, then you will have slight black bars. HBO zooms in on thier movies to fill the 1.78:1(16x9) screen ration, and in this process cuts off the sides of their HD movies.

Showtime will show 2.35:1 movies in their OAR.
 
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