I just viewed the first few minutes of the WB's (Atlanta, GA) HD broadcast of the Lord of the Rings: FOTR and I must say that I'm disappointed. From what I remember, the film is in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, yet the WB decided to matte it to 1.78:1 for the HD broadcast. This was a chance to display what HD had to offer with an excellent movie that had great technical merits and they blew it. IMO, the film looks a lot better on DVD in the correct aspect ratio than it does chopped for HD. I was really looking forward to this event, but I guess I'll have to wait some more.
Posted this on the AVS forum yesterday and just found this thread here. Will repost here for the Sacramento CA area.
It would be much more affective if the people in the KQCA 58.1 Sacramento CA area, would send an e-mail to protest the 16x9 "Pan and Scan" broadcast of The Lord of the Rings. - Showing that many of us are committed to quality broadcasts.
Ditto what Craig and Jerry said. While I wouldn't have watched the entire thing on TV (why bother with commercials when I have the EE?), I was very curious to see how it would look in HD (for free, not on Starz).
Uh, if you're gonna do that, why not also complain about how every FRAME of EVERY show is ruined by onscreen logos? That station is forever on my shit list because they were the first in the area to use their own bug on non-network shows. It amazes me how people continue to put up with that practice. I think channel 10 is the only station left that doesn't have its own bug. It's a shame all these new networks have come up and displaced all the independent stations- those would have taken full advantage of HDTV. If independent stations were still around they'd be running uncut movies in HD every night. When stereo came out Channel 40 ran a lot of movies like "2001" that took advantage of it. That was a great station til the Fox network came along and ruined it. I heard the WB network has now consumed KTLA in Los Angeles, they used to have prime-time movies with only TWO commercial breaks in the whole movie. So they showed LOTR in 2 parts? How 80's. I remember watching Superman and they had Part 1 end right when Lois Lane was about to fall out of the helicopter, and had to wait a whole day to see if Superman rescued her!