DVD's. WS vs P&S

gizbug

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I take it, if you have a 27 or 36 inch tv, that isn't widescreen, you would pass on the wide screen version of movies, and buy pan and scan?
 

0roo0roo

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ws all the way. why buy a hacked movie. and if don't have a bigger tv or ws one, are you betting you will never have one?
 

NTB

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I always buy widescreen if I can - that is the aspect ratio in which they were originally shot; why would you want anything else?

Nathan
 

Ameesh

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Originally posted by: gizbug
I take it, if you have a 27 or 36 inch tv, that isn't widescreen, you would pass on the wide screen version of movies, and buy pan and scan?

not a chance in hell, only widescreen, pan and scan is crap
 

Koing

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Originally posted by: Ameesh
Originally posted by: gizbug
I take it, if you have a 27 or 36 inch tv, that isn't widescreen, you would pass on the wide screen version of movies, and buy pan and scan?

not a chance in hell, only widescreen, pan and scan is crap

Ditto.

KOing
 

Viper GTS

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Always OAR, even when I was watching them on a 20" TV.

Odds are you will own the DVD longer than you will own the TV you have now, or even your next TV.

When you get your first widescreen HD display you'll be kicking yourself if you bought the version that was modified for that screen.

4:3 is fine when that is the original format, and in the few cases where the movie was actually filmed on 4:3 film and then matted to it's theater presentation. Removing the matting &amp; displaying the full 4:3 frame actually gives you MORE material, however it may not be what the director intended you to see. You may see microphones &amp; such that were not intended to be part of the final shot.

The debate gets even more complicated when you deal with movies like T3 where NEITHER the 4:3 or widescreen presentation present the originally filmed frame.

I forget what that situation is called, but in that case I'll take the theatrical presentation.

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oogabooga

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widescreen always for me, i once bought a Pan and Scan dvd, i cried. Then i managed to go back and exchange it, hooray! (an exageration on emotions, but i always go widescreen)
 

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Originally posted by: oogabooga
widescreen always for me, i once bought a Pan and Scan dvd, i cried. Then i managed to go back and exchange it, hooray! (an exageration on emotions, but i always go widescreen)

I own a 4:3 copy of Scarface that I got stuck with in the same way.

:|

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Blayze

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I have a few Pan and Scan movies. They were either very cheap, or all I could find.

The majority of my DVDs are Widescreen. I watch them on a 27 inch TV and have no problems.
 

Kelvrick

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Sometimes you shouldn't buy widescreen thoguh. I think it was called super 38 or something like that, where the full-screen versions actually show more then the widescreens.

Examples are the Terminator movies.
 

mchammer187

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if you want P&amp;S why not buy a DVD player that will crop it for you

out of the 4 or so dvd players i have used 3 let you crop it if you wanted to watch it in P&amp;S
 

0roo0roo

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ws not even so bad on a 27", as long as u sit close enough heh, flat tube better:p in a small bedroom ur not really gonna have a bigger crt then 27" really. and now with the progressive sets out, its not bad at all:p
 

Viper GTS

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Originally posted by: Kelvrick
Sometimes you shouldn't buy widescreen thoguh. I think it was called super 38 or something like that, where the full-screen versions actually show more then the widescreens.

Examples are the Terminator movies.

It's not quite that simple, the 4:3 frame shows more vertical scene, but less horizontal while the widescreen is the opposite.

NEITHER are representative of the original physical film.

Annoying as hell, but what can you do.

Viper GTS
 

spidey07

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poll??

widescreen here. I mistakenly bought a single pan-scan, once. Once. Will never happen again.
 

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Originally posted by: mchammer187
if you want P&amp;S why not buy a DVD player that will crop it for you

out of the 4 or so dvd players i have used 3 let you crop it if you wanted to watch it in P&amp;S

Unfortunately they are unintelligent zooms, P&amp;S DVD production takes into account where the important part of the scene is &amp; retains the most important 4:3 section, whereas the zoom simply takes it out of a fixed area.

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Kelvrick

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Originally posted by: Viper GTS
Originally posted by: Kelvrick
Sometimes you shouldn't buy widescreen thoguh. I think it was called super 38 or something like that, where the full-screen versions actually show more then the widescreens.

Examples are the Terminator movies.

It's not quite that simple, the 4:3 frame shows more vertical scene, but less horizontal while the widescreen is the opposite.

NEITHER are representative of the original physical film.

Annoying as hell, but what can you do.

Viper GTS

Yea it isn't, but it also is. pure areawise, the full screen showed more. But yea, its true that the widescreen showed more horizontal. Hmm... Maybe you should buy both, rip them on your computer and somehow merge them!

Oh well, i'm going home now. work sucks.