- Aug 1, 2000
As usual, I sent in my monthly e-mail to Blockbuster:
The movie studios determine whether or not to release their DVDs in standard (full-screen) or wide-screen versions. It is our preference, and the preference of our customers that the studios include both versions on one disc when technically feasible. However, in the past, when the studios have chosen to release separate standard and wide-screen version DVDs, it has caused confusion amongst our customers. To minimize this confusion, we have chosen to carry only one version of a DVD title in our stores.
Beginning this year (2003), based on customer feedback, we have started to purchase the majority of our DVD product in the wide-screen version. As our customers become more familiar with the wide-screen format, they have come to understand the benefit it offers, which is a picture area that more closely resembles the theatrical version.Now, I personally haven't actually seen the "majority of DVD product" in wide-screen yet, but perhaps this is actually on its way. We'll see...