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Tell me why I don't like Widescreen

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#1 of 63 OFFLINE   esboella



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Posted April 08 2005 - 10:38 AM

I will probably be about a popular as a pig in a Synagogue for saying this but I think it's time the Widescreen format was dropped. Widescreen was only introduced as a format because you couldn't really display it on a TV (to boost cinema audiances) now however, many people have Widescreen TV's so there is absolutely no reason for the film industry to continue using that format. I expect the film industry may switch back to 4:3 once everyone has a widescreen set, or maybe it will switch to a really tall format which won't work on any TV?
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#2 of 63 OFFLINE   Ralph B

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Posted April 08 2005 - 10:57 AM

you need to educate yourself in the benefits or shall I say the reason why WS is used. you obviously dont understand why. I wanted to but wont get into it, you need to educate yourself.

#3 of 63 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted April 08 2005 - 11:00 AM

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#4 of 63 OFFLINE   esboella



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Posted April 08 2005 - 11:05 AM

Believe me I know all the benefits of WS, it has none., it's a silly format as anyone who looks at a TV twice as wide as it is tall instantly notices. Then they require a lenghty explaination of why widescreen is best which is basically a false explainatuion because it starts out from the premise that a widescreen picture is a sensible viewing format in the first place.
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#5 of 63 OFFLINE   Ralph B

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Posted April 08 2005 - 11:28 AM

tell it to the movie theaters....sure looks like they want to switch to 4x3 to me..lol you must be just wanting to start a war on a forum. your view is nuts!

#6 of 63 OFFLINE   esboella



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Posted April 08 2005 - 11:49 AM

Well oviously they want to watch the film in format in which it was filmed, but that doesn't mean the format it was filmed in was a sensible format in the first place. That the arguement based on a false premise I refered to. Now we (in the UK) are in the horrible situation where 4:3 television material is being broadcast in 16:9 which which leads to all sorts of cropping and black bars. Generally a widescreen film can be panned and scanned to produce a perfectly adaquate reproduction of the original film, however it is much more difficult to pan and scan a 4:3 production with a 16:9 lens because of the inherent inadaquacies of a 16:9 appature. I am not trying to start a war, just pointing out the obvious, if films were made in 4:3 you would find them much more enjoyable because a 4:3 is more efficient. It would mean you would see more of the action close up because you wouldn't have to zoom out whenever you wanted to see something which was not wide.
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#7 of 63 OFFLINE   Jason Adams

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Posted April 08 2005 - 11:54 AM

Oooooooh...your gonna get FLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMED! And you do realise that being a fan of widescreen (or maintaning the OAR) is a basis for membership for the HTF, don't you?

#8 of 63 OFFLINE   esboella



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Posted April 08 2005 - 12:12 PM

I am not against the OAR I just think it would be better for all if it was 4:3. its just more efficient which means better films which take up less space on a DVD (less wastage) and similarly waste less bandwidth when broadcast, which means you can have more channels and hence more choice. Is that a bad thing? The efficiency of a 4:3 window would become more obvious with high resolution pictures in particular. We don't live in a one dimensional world so why film it that way?
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#9 of 63 OFFLINE   Craig


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Posted April 08 2005 - 12:24 PM

Well, it's certainly hard to argue with logic like that.

#10 of 63 OFFLINE   Ralph B

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#11 of 63 OFFLINE   Brian Gi

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Posted April 08 2005 - 03:28 PM

I think the best point he makes is that as soon as all TV's produced are 16:9 they'll change the format so that the CE manufacturers can sell everyine a new TV, Hollywood can sell the same movies for the 4th time, (VHS, DVD, HDDVD, HDnewformat).

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Posted April 08 2005 - 03:47 PM

esboella, you have a valid idea from a marketing standpoint, but from an artistic standpoint the validity is ...uhhh... questionable. A typical persons field of vision is wider than it is tall. This explains why many people like the widescreen better than a more square screen. You probably already know this, but the 4x3 ratio is derived from vaudville stages that had the same ratio. That ratio is still a viable artistic tool. Which is what the other ratios are, a tool for the director to use. The 16:9 ratio for TVs is just a standard aggred upon by some regulatory agencies. It is a compromise because directors use a few different aspect ratios. If you really find it bothersome, get a front projector and install a masking system. I have seen some on the web and they look great.

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Posted April 08 2005 - 04:33 PM

First post on a forum and fly right into flame bait? Not saying it is so, but the 'troll hairs' on my neck are standing straight. T

#14 of 63 OFFLINE   Michael TLV

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Posted April 08 2005 - 04:55 PM

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#15 of 63 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted April 08 2005 - 11:08 PM

Esboella, is your initial post a joke?
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#16 of 63 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 09 2005 - 12:38 AM

Esboella, You are raising a lot of red flags here and I seriously hope that your initial post was supposed to be humorous. If not, it is not our goal to make you feel unwelcomed here, but understand that the membership of Home Theater Forum have fought to keep widescreen the standard in DVD presentation. To start posting anti-widescreen comments in a community that is pro-OAR (Original Aspect Ratio) such as this one is only going fall on deaf ears. We welcome you to Home Theater Forum.


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Posted April 09 2005 - 03:45 AM

Ohhhhhh...if i could lock this thread i would! Saying 4x3 is better is like saying my eyes should be one on top the other instead of side by side. guess what that does it gives me panoramic vision...like widescreen! COOL ME!!!

#18 of 63 OFFLINE   esboella



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Posted April 09 2005 - 03:54 AM

The human field of binocular vision is taller than it is wide, and the 'camera' of the human eye is actually round because this is the most efficient shape to pan and scan with, the eye cannot afford to waste billions of cells. What matters is we use the best shape to present the image to the viewer, and that ain't widescreen its too wide to do it effectively, hence the peering through a letterbox feel. I really can't undertand why people defend widescreen, ratios like 2.35:1 are totally laughable when you see them on a TV that shape. Why some of you people still want to cling to the format is beyond me, surely you would prefer a fuller picture?
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#19 of 63 OFFLINE   ChuckSolo



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Posted April 09 2005 - 04:10 AM

Methinks esboella just doesn't want to spring for a widescreen TV and is stuck in 4:3 "square" land. Seriously though, the reason that those of us who are widescreen advocates, to me anyway, is that we can enjoy a film in a "theater" like environment. Why is 2.35:1 laughable?

I guess we could ask you the same question. With HD programming being broadcast in 16x9 why in the world would ANYONE want a 4:3 picture. I bought my HD widescreen TV to watch HDTV. Although DVD viewing is important to me, it is secondary to watching HDTV. With so many stations jumping on the HD bandwagon, it just makes sense to get a wisescreen TV. I guess it makes sense except to a few disgruntled Brits!!!Posted Image

#20 of 63 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted April 09 2005 - 04:21 AM

Look, Home Theater Forum's co-owner has kindly weighed in with his views. My thinking is that this thread is needlessly provocative. Why are we debating this? As for the starter's most recent post, widescreen films more naturally suit the human field of vision. And a 16:9 native display is the best compromise aspect ratio to suit all of film's many aspect ratios, from 1.37:1 to the mostly wildly widescreen films at 2.55:1 and even wider. No issue. And unless something worthwhile can be further said here, I am hard pressed to let this thread continue.

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