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A Widescreen vs P&S story with a happy ending :-)

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#1 of 19 OFFLINE   MickeS



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Posted June 15 2002 - 10:57 AM

I was just at Blockbuster to rent a movie, when the woman in line in front of me walked up to the register to buy "Harry Potter". She gave the clerk the WS version, and the clerk asked "Don't you want the fullscreen version instead?" The woman said "Oh yeah, sure" and put the WS back. I said "Come on, you don't want to the fullscreen version, you won't get the whole picture if you do". She said "Well, what's the difference?". The clerk then explained the difference saying "the fullscreen one fills the TV, but the sides are cut off, and the WS one shows the whole picture, but you'll get black bars on top and bottom". The woman then said "Oh, then I want the widescreen one". She then turned to me and said "Thank you". HAHA, take that Blockbuster! Posted Image

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#2 of 19 ONLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted June 15 2002 - 11:05 AM

Way to go, Mike! We all need to keep doing our part. Posted Image

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Posted June 15 2002 - 05:18 PM

Nice work Micke! Posted Image You did your good deed for this month. Posted Image
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#4 of 19 OFFLINE   Dustin B

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Posted June 15 2002 - 06:13 PM

Cool, but what I don't understand is if the clerk actually new the difference, why did he tell her she wanted the full screen version?
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#5 of 19 OFFLINE   MickeS



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Posted June 15 2002 - 07:25 PM

Yeah, that was odd to me too, but I assume they just like to point out which version the customer is buying, to avoid that they get the incorrect version (even though her choice of words were somewhat peculiar if that's what she was doing). That's the benign interpretation, the malign one is of course that Blockbuster wants to sell more fullscreen and try to steer customers towards that. Posted Image


#6 of 19 OFFLINE   Sean Conklin

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Posted June 15 2002 - 07:32 PM

Well thats a happy ending to your encounter, but how many DVD consumers are being misled by these BlockBuster clerks? Man, I thought Blockbuster was going out of Business or something. Or maybe it was just that I wish they did.

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Posted June 15 2002 - 09:06 PM

Well, we can only hope she NEVER watches the full screen version.

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#8 of 19 OFFLINE   Andrew_Sch



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Posted June 16 2002 - 04:32 AM

Ah, reading this thread makes me realize how much I love being on Netflix in the summers and not having to deal with Blockbuster.Posted Image
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#9 of 19 OFFLINE   Bhagi Katbamna

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Posted June 16 2002 - 05:07 AM

The clerk probably knew the difference but was getting tired of people complaining about black bars. In the case of Harry Potter, the sides aren't cut off on the full screen but widescreen is the picture the director intended us to see.
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#10 of 19 OFFLINE   Scott L

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Posted June 16 2002 - 05:14 AM

Thanks Micke, very inspirational! Posted Image I'll be sure to do the same if I ever see it happen.

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Posted June 16 2002 - 05:29 AM

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#12 of 19 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted June 16 2002 - 05:52 AM

*thunder, lightning* Well done, thou faithful child of widescreen! *booming noises, echoes*

#13 of 19 OFFLINE   MickeS



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Posted June 16 2002 - 02:59 PM

In that LOONG thread in the Software forum, there were screenshots that "supported" both versions, in some shots the sides were cut off, in some cases not. Like you said though, you can't (IMO) go wrong with the theatrical version. /Mike

#14 of 19 OFFLINE   Sean Conklin

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Posted June 16 2002 - 05:03 PM

Has our attitude changed since I've been away? Micke there is no case for P&S period! This is not your opinion it is a fact! When I hear of scenes getting chopped off I go on the offensive! If I'm missing the point just ignore me, sorry.

#15 of 19 OFFLINE   Bruce Hedtke

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Posted June 16 2002 - 05:28 PM

[quote] there were screenshots that "supported" both versions [quote]

But only one of those screenshots was what was seen in the theater. If it's different, its alteration.

Back to the subject at hand-kudos for taking the time to steer the woman right. I'll bet that if I were there, I would have heard that familiar light-saber sound when you and the clerk "squared off" Posted Image Then you realized that both of the sabers were blue and gave each other a knowing nod. OAR Jedi, we salute you!

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#16 of 19 OFFLINE   Ryan Wright

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Posted June 17 2002 - 05:44 AM

Wait - you were actually IN a Blockbuster? Were you scoping the place out for a robbery or simply stirring up problems? Don't tell me you were actually RENTING from them! Posted Image

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#17 of 19 OFFLINE   MickeS



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Posted June 17 2002 - 05:55 AM

Ryan, I actually pondered whether I should even admit in the forum that I set foot at Blockbuster. Posted Image But I do, since it's the videostore that's closest to me (of course, they're everywhere).

At least I got a free rental of "Kate & Leopold" out of it, since they were out of stock on that title on Saturday. Posted Image

Oh no, now someone's gonna make fun of me for that too... Posted Image


#18 of 19 OFFLINE   Ralph Summa

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Posted June 17 2002 - 08:57 AM

I'm doing my part too! I tried to get Best Buy to pricematch CompUSA's price of $9.97 gfor Harry Potter. She called the local CUSA and they had only the full screen version. When she asked if I wanted the pricematch on the full screen I said "no way"! She then called another store, same result. She thought I was out of my mind and asked me why I wouldn't want to save $9 on the full screen. I explained the difference between P&S and widescreen, but I still don't think she gave a rat's a$$. Hopefully the people in line behind me overheard us.

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Posted June 17 2002 - 01:51 PM

People still rent at Blockbuster!! Stick to mom and pop stores myself

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