3.33 Aspect Ratio??

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  1. BobH

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    I just got the DVD of The Great Escape and it appears to be much wider than it should be (3.33:1). It's listed as 2.35:1 in the OMDB. I am using a Panasonic RP56 (progressive scan) on a Mits 46in 16x9 TV. This set has the capability of stretching vertically but that still only gets about 2.8:1. What's going on??
     
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    The transfer is faulty of THE GREAT ESCAPE, nothing you do with your equipment will make it the correct 2.35:1 ratio.

    First, it's not an anamorphic transfer - so make sure your Mits isn't locking on "full" with this DVD from your progressive Panasonic player (many HDTV's lock on "full" with a progressive signal). You should have it set to standard "zoom" - or whatever Mitsubishi calls the mode for non-anamorphic discs.

    Second, the transfer is incorrect because it shows a good deal of extra imagery on the left hand side that was not meant to be seen, which makes the result off-center and way too wide. Apparently, they used a negative that uncovered picture area that is meant to be hidden by the film print soundtrack.
     
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    The Great Escape is improperly framed, but the reason you are getting a picture that is far too wide is because it is not an anamorphic transfer. I have a Mits 46", and non-anamorphic widescreen movies should be watched in "Expand" mode. The "standard" mode is for anamorphic widescreen movies. If you are getting a picture that is framed at 3.33:1, you must be in "Standard" mode.
     
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    How does MGM put out such a faulty product? I can imagine the whiners that don't like "them black bars on top and bottom" going nuts with this one!

    Ok, thanks guys. So putting the Mits on "expand" for non-anamorphic and just ignoring the left side works.
     

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