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I always thought that 1.85:1 was a perfect fit for 16:9 televisions. How much picture is lost and how come there are no black bars that are shown? Is it better to watch these movies on a 4:3 television?
 

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What are you talking about? 16x9 tvs are 1.78:1, so with standard DVDs you get a 4:3 image with grey bars on left and right and then black bars on top and bottom just like a normal 4:3 tv, if the DVD is anamorphic then it is stretched full screen with little black bars on top and bottom.
 

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I am not getting black bars on the top and bottom when I watch Requiem For A Dream. Unbreakable has it but thats because it is 2.35:1. My player is set to 16:9.
 

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Maybe your TV or player overscans too much, use zoom if you have to zoom out, I zoome out 5 or 6 times with my malata to see the whole picture to the right and left.
 

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Overscan. You should not worry about it. Most 1.85:1 films are actually transferred at 1.78:1, with the mats opened up a bit for extra head and foot room. You are not missing anything.


True 1.85:1 transfers have tiny black bars and they will be covered by overscan. We are talking about 3 to 5% of the image. Relax and enjoy.
 
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