Anamorphic 4:3 video

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  1. Edwin-S

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    I was at the local electronics store and I came across two discs that were showing anamorphic video with a full screen presentation. One of the discs was the animated series "Jackie Chan's Adventures" and the other was "From Here to Eternity". I thought 1.33:1 ratio stuff loses resolution when it is treated anamorphically. What is gong on with these two discs? Are they being windowboxed to increase the resolution or what?
     
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    FROM HERE TO ETERNITY is a widescreen movie and yes, it was anamorphic.
     
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    Edwin, was FHTE windowboxed? Why do you say it was anamorphic? Was there are squeezing going on?
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    Some DVD's have full-res 1.33:1 encoded for 1.78:1 displays.
    WB's "A Star Is Born" DVD has the 1937 version trailer in anamorphic 1.33:1, but it works on the rule on anamorphic menus...
    Since everything else but that trailer is anamorphic (I think) it wouldn't be good for wide TV owners to have to turn off the anamorphic mode JUST for that trailer. I think the trick is that the DVD just knows to add black bars to the side of the image for 1.78:1 displays and keep the image 4:3 without bars for 1.33:1 TV's.
     
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    I believe wide screen in the form of Cinemascope (2.55:1) came out just after From Here to Eternity was filmed in 1953.
    What a great film in it's day. I went to my local neighborhood theater (remember those?) and saw it something like 5 times.
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    Edwin:
    I'm not at all clear on what you're describing here.
     
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    In a discussion over at the "other" forum, this was brought up for the new Cirque de Soliel DVDs that came out last Tuesday. I believe all are listed as anamorphic on the case, but also listed as Full Frame (the latter I did not notice when I picked one up, tuning in on the "anamorphic" and being excited about a good transfer). Well, they ARE 4:3 full frame, but definitely not anamorphic.
     
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    Somebody pls. tell me with certainty whether FROM HERE TO ETERNITY is or isn't anamorphic.
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    ----What kind of monitor were you seeing this on, and how could you tell they were "anamorphic"?----
    I should clarify. I did not actually see the movie or TV series on a monitor. I read the details on the back of the cases.Both "From Here to Eternity" and "Jackie Chan's Adventures" indicate that they are anamorphically enhanced, yet the AR of these shows are indicated, on the package, to be Full screen presentations. The AR indicated was 1.33:1. I almost picked up "From Here to Eternity" but I do not have a set capable of taking advantage of anamorphic video...YET....but very, very soon. [​IMG] I was just curious how they would do an anamorphic transfer of 1.33:1 material because I have understood it, from reading here, that you lose resolution on this kind of material. The only thing I can think of is that the image is windowboxed in order to allow for an increase in resolution. Am I barking up the wrong tree here?
     
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    I just read Darrel Johansen's post in its entirety and it is possible that they just screwed up the info on the box like the "Cirque Du Soleil" discs. They may be advertising anamorphic enhancement for "FHTE" and "JC'sA" and got it wrong. I was not able to actually check if the discs were anamorphic or not.
     
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    Edwin, the anamorphic label on the FHTE box is a misprint. It's a 1.33:1 transfer.
     
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