I looked at it again and it looks like it may have been some form of windowboxing. Iimagine this is probably part of the movie, but it could be like so me cartoons where they windowbox the credits, and take away the windowbox afterwards.
Sure it would look silly, but it would look silly because of a deficiency in the hardware, not the software. For a non-widowboxed transfer, the credits are present on the disc in their entirety; it's not a software problem that some display devices can't properly display the full image. I don't think it's a good idea to dumb-down software (as when windowboxing the credits sequence) to alleviate a problem inherent to a particular piece of hardware. The superior solution would be to avoid problematic hardware. If seeing the very edges of the image is that vital to you, that means buying a display device with minimal overscan.
Hmm, yeah work to circumvent a deficiency on the end of a $15 piece of software, or force people to invest hundreds, if not over a thousand, of dollars to alleviate the problem. Dude, I'm not following you at all...
The point is, there is no deficiency in non-windowboxed software. The price is irrelevant. A DVD does not need to be windowboxed in order for its opening titles to be present in their entirety.
If spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a display device is such a big deal (and it certainly is), and if seeing the entire image without the slightest bit of cropping is very important to you (which appears to be the case, based on your posts here), then one imagines that you would check to ensure that any TV or projector you buy meets your high standards before spending that much money on a device that might have an extreme amount of overscan.
It's completely unreasonable for you to expect every piece of software to be tailored especially to you and your defective hardware. It effectively punishes everyone who had the thoughfulness to buy a TV whose display they were satisfied with, just because you didn't have the forethought to check for an issue that apparently is so important to you, before blowing thousands on a display you aren't happy with.
If hardware with notable overscan was the exception and not the rule in the current home electronics environment (I refer not only to sets in store but those already plugged in across millions of homes throughout the U.S.), I might agree with you.
Part of her name was cut off on the last widescreen DVD, as well. The overscan, I guess. I imagine that's why they slightly changed the aspect ratio of the opening credits for the new 'rockin rydell' DVD.
I think part of the issue would be claiming overscan to be a "deficiency" in the hardware. I don't care for it myself, but obviously it was intended to be part of the product, so those who design and manufacture televisions would certainly disagree with the description.
Overscan is designed into TV sets to cope with cable television. A certain amount of overscan has been present at least since the early days of colour ; it's technically "internally-generated blanking", and its purpose is to prevent the colour burst from leaking yellow-green into the picture. Broadcast TV stations have always (or, before the days of DTV, did always) transmitted a very clean signal, because the FCC rode them about it, and as a result TVs would usually be adjusted only for a little bit of overscan, to hide changes in the picture size due to poor regulation in the high-voltage supply. Beginning in the 1970s, however, more and more Americans got CATV service, which include lots of non-broadcast channels, which are often fed with substandard equipment sets. The use of, for instance, "industrial" U-Matic VCRs as sources, and other similar tricks, lead to there being a lot of "garbage" in the form of bending and flagging at the top and bottom of the screen, tearing at the edges, and so forth. People thought the problem was with their TVs, and complained to the manufacturers. The manufacturers, therefore, simply increased the degree of "internally-generated blanking" to hide the picture edges where the garbage was.
Not to mention that protecting content for overscan has been enshrined in the whole production chain via "safe area" markers. These can be found in camera viewfinders, on-set monitors, and every non-linear editing system around, among other places.