Just got a 16x9! I'm trying to figure out how much of my collection is Anamorphic!

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  1. Robert Floto

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    I just picked up my first 16x9 TV during the weekend. I'm trying to figure out how much of my current collection is enhanced for widescreen. I've been collecting since the beginning of DVD, so some of my discs are the original versions of ones that were later re-released. I just hit 376 during the past week, but I will be getting a few tonight (Indy, etc.)...

    Is there an EASY way to find out what I might want to re-purchase? My list is online in PDF at:

    http://www.hunger-prod.com/dvd-list.pdf

    If the list doesn't indicate a special or collector's edition than it is the original release...

    If anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Simon_Lepine

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    Well you can try DVD Profiler, and filter the movies that are Widescreen but not 16X9 Enhanced.

    Might take a while to input your collection though.
     
  3. Nick T Robot

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    Just look at the back.

    "Anamorphic" or "Enhanced for 16x9" is the most common wording.
     
  4. Andrew Bunk

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    Unfortunately DVD Profiler is not always accurate, especially since their database is mostly user-submitted data.

    Going through my collection manually, I found that about 10% of my 400 or so movies are non-anamporhic. Thankfully the few I have watched so far on my new 16:9 set still don't look so bad. Titanic looked pretty damn good in fact, but I'm still looking forward to the impending SE.

    Glancing at your collection for movies I have, I know the following are not anamorphic:

    The Abyss
    Backdraft
    Boondock Saints
    Brazil
    Con Air
    Crimson Tide
    Deep Impact
    Field Of Dreams
    A Fish Called Wanda
    From Dusk Till Dawn
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Star Trek VI and Generations-not sure about the others since you don't list if II-V are the SE's or not.
    Tombstone (non-Vista)
    Vertigo
    Young Frankenstein

    I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones I know for fact since I have almost all of them.
     
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    The Planet of the Apes box set is all non-anamorphic. But the good news is that the original movie is being re-released as anamorphic in the 35th Anniversary Edition on Feb. 3, 2004.
     
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  8. Robert Floto

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    Thanks to everyone so far who has responded! I know I can check the back of the cases, but I do know that some early widescreen discs failed to say if they were enhanced or not.
     
  9. mark alan

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    99.99% of the time, if it doesn't say, its not enhanced.

    I hate non anamorphic discs with the white hot passion of a 1000 suns.
     
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  11. Stephen_J_H

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    From your list:
    Alien
    Aliens- Special Edition (I assume this is what you meant by Director's Cut)
    Batman Beyond- Return of the Joker- Uncut
    A Bug's Life (unless it's the Collector's 2-Disc Edition)
    Spartacus
    The Thing
     
  12. Aaron Cohen

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    Stephen, both Alien and Aliens are anamorphic....
     
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    Last time I saw Alien and Aliens in stores, they were non-anamorphic, and that wasn't that long ago. Cameron (in the case of Aliens) didn't approve any anamorphic transfers of his material until T2:UE. Amazon lists them as anamorphic, but I'm pretty sure that's incorrect.
     
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    Yes, and on the back of the boxes of the Alien DVDs, it says "enhanced for widescreen TVs."
     
  19. Robert Floto

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    At any rate, I will most likely be getting the Alien Quadrilogy anyway...but it's nice to know that my current discs are anamorphic.

    I'd love to know how many of my DVDs will have to be replaced at some time in the future, but I guess what I really need to know right now is...how many of my non-anamorphic discs are available in an anamorphic version that I can upgrade to right now?

    I will definitely pick up the new Planet of the Apes (though I wish it were the whole series), and the previously mentioned Alien series when they are released, but I assume that there are a few I could upgrade to right now.

    Also, I believe (if I'm not mistaken) that pretty much all of the Criterion Collection is non-anamorphic (though I would never part with them)?
     
  20. MikeEckman

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    For the heck of it, I went into my DVD Profiler and ran a report on Aspect Ratios, and heres my stats:

    Total DVDs: 411
    Widescreen DVDs: 382
    16x9 Enhanced DVDs: 344

    So, that means that 90% (344 out of 382) of my widescreen DVDs are 16x9 enhanced. That jives with Andrew Bunk's estimate of 10% being widescreen not-enhanced.

    My collection is a mix of horror, action, comedy, drama, foreign, etc films. I would consider my collection to be very well rounded and typical of a DVD collectors, so I think its safe to say that about 90% of all widescreen DVDs are 16x9 Enhanced.
     

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