Help on DVD - 16:9 view on Hitachi 53" Widescreen

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  1. Ed Nag

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    Just purchased an Hitachi 53" widescreen and have a question on viewing DVDs. In normal widescreen view, I still see 2 black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. Not as large as I would get with a letterbox view on a 4:3 TV but there nonetheless. I thought that with a widescreen, the picture would fill up the whole screen. I can zoom on my DVD player (JVC), but I would lose a little of the picture. My salesman at CC said that that was the result of the formatting of film itself; the Hitachi tech support had no idea what I was talking about. I think that I can use the stretch mode (wide stretch) on the TV, but again, this is not what I thought would happen. Any ideas? Thanks
     
  2. Jerry C

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    Sounds like a little basic information is in order here. I think your questions can be answered with the information available through these links:
    http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...reenorama.html
    http://www.widescreenadvocate.com/
    Basically, you're looking at a movie that was shot in anamorphic scope, which has a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and such movies will have black bars top and bottom on a 16:9 screen. Don't zoom! Put your Hitachi in Full mode and enjoy.
    I have the Hitachi 43", by the way. Your Full aspect ration will work the same way on the 53".
    Hope this helps.
     

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