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  1. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    The ratio itself isn’t ludicrous, but it wasn’t well utilized in the film. The framing wasn’t great and it was almost certainly cropped from a taller spherical image capture, which just has different characteristics than an anamorphic lens on a large format film stock. It wasn’t a well made...
  2. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    I just saw a brand new made for digital horror movie with William Shatner fighting cave monsters and it was ludicrously framed at 2.55:1!
  3. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    U2’s latest concert film was released on new year’s day on DirecTV in the US and different outlets worldwide. It has a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. I wish I had screenshots because it’s a good example of choosing a ratio to match the subject material. The tour being captured, the 2018 “Experience and...
  4. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    If you want Dunkirk or any other Christopher Nolan film that’s partially IMAX to view at home in the cropped standard theatrical format of 2.40:1 (or 2.20:1 in the case of Dunkirk), both the DVD editions and the streaming versions (at all resolutions) maintain constant height. The BD and UHD...
  5. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    No, but I wouldn’t object if they were. If the showrunners or studio feel they have a worthwhile reason for picking that ratio I wouldn’t complain. I watch a variety of television content from all eras on a regular basis, often daily - I see 4x3 material all the time and have no issue...
  6. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    Oh absolutely, we all have our demo discs. And I’m thrilled to use something that looks extra great to show off what my stuff can do. But it’s at least as important, if not more so, that my system can display my favorite movies as they were meant to look. Which means that not everything I...
  7. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    I don’t understand the comment that cropping the captured image makes the final product not real. Since the popularization of widescreen in the 1950s, widescreen ratios have commonly been achieved by shooting film negative of one shape and then using aperture plates in the projector to crop...
  8. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    I also just don’t care about black bars. They don’t bother me. When I was a kid - like, single digits of being a kid - there was a special letterboxed version of Star Trek IV on VHS that came with an intro from director/star Leonard Nimoy. My parents must’ve rented it by mistake. I watched with...
  9. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    I think it comes down to this central philosophical difference, as I was mentioning earlier, that’s always been in conflict - whether it’s stereos, cars, TVs or anything else: Do you use your TV to watch content you enjoy, or do you use content to show off what your TV can do? Are you watching...
  10. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    To me, that seems less necessary than ever, with screen sizes growing, prices coming down, and black levels rapidly improving. My $500 TV has such good blacks that any black bars simply disappear into nothingness, especially with the room lights off or dimmed. You can’t tell where the TV frame...
  11. Josh Steinberg

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    It’s not just Discovery; Short Treks is also 2.40:1 and it looks like Picard will be as well. The new Apple show I sampled (Morning Show) is also 2:1. HBO seems to be holding at 1.78:1 but that’s probably more of a legacy holdover from their days of “everything must be full screen” - expect...