How do you watch non-anamorphic dvds?

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  1. Shane Bryant

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    those of you with 16x9 TVs...

    How big is your TV?
    Do you zoom or watch it windowboxed?
     
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    with my eyes (just kidding)
    on my pc or a 28 inch sony 16x9 zoomed
     
  3. Gordon McMurphy

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    Zoom.
     
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    I don't!

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm not sure I fully understand the question.

    Regardless of whether a dvd is anamorphic or not, I watch it in it's OAR. For many older films, this means I get black bars on the sides. For most films with OARs from 1.66 to 1.85, I can't see black bars, due to overscan. And with OAR's above 1.85, I have black bars on the top and bottom.

    As far as mode on my tv, I run my dvds through a scaler, so I always can get the proper aspect ratio with the 'Full mode' on the tv, even for non-anamorphic dvds.
     
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    My DVD player, a Panasonic RP-91, scales non-anamorphic widescreen titles of 1.85:1 or wider to properly fit my 16x9 screen, so there is no windowboxing or picture cropping. For 1.66:1 non-anamorphic, I am forced to watch with both window and letterboxing to preserve the content.

    I really hate 1.66:1 non-anamorphic transfers. [​IMG]
     
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    I use theatertek to stretch the height so it fills my 113" 16:9 screen in the correct proportions
     
  8. Eric Peterson

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    My Mitsubishi 55" has a vertical stretch mode that seems to work perfectly for non-anamorphic DVDs as well as broadcast widescreen programs.
     
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    Zoomed (except for foreign movies where subtitles in the black bar area will be cut off)
     
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    Yeah, this is the worst case scenario: A non-anamorphic transfer of a 2.35:1 foreign language film.

    Chushingura (Image Entertainment) and Andrei Rublev (Criterion) are instantly come to mind. Both were decent efforts back in the early days, but we really, really, really need 5-star anamorphic edition of these two masterpieces - especially Rublev - as soon as possible.
     
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    My Malata 996 will scale a DVD by minute increments to properly fit in a 16X9 screen. No problem at all with 1.66 non-anamorphic transfers. This not only works to zoom in non-anamorphic titles, but it can also be used to zoom out anamorphic ones to compensate for overscan.

    The results are excellent.

    Ted
     
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    I do the same on my Pioneer. That mode is called ZOOM on the Pioneer.
     
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    I don't.
     
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    Zoomed. Or "Theater Wide", as my per my 65" Toshiba language. What's theatertek?
     

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