Misleading Photos in Home Theater Mag?

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  1. Pete Little

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    Home Theater Magazine features a widescreen TV face-off this month. In every single photo of the sets in action, the image shown on screen is from a movie that was shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. (X2, Charlie's
    Angels Full Throttle)

    And yet each set shows the image filling the entire screen, no black bars at all, as though the films were shot in 1:85. How are they accomplishing this? There is no zoom mode that I am aware of that will display a 2.35:1 picture on a 16:9 set without small black bars.

    Is this just photoshop trickery on their part? Or is there something else I don't know?
     
  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Are you talking about the pictures at the beginning of each TV's review? You can take what's on the screen there with a grain of salt - I'd be very suprised if it wasn't superimposed.

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  3. Pete Little

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    It tells the potential widescreen TV buyer that 2.35:1 material can be zoomed to fill his/her 16:9 set. If this cannot be done, it is tantamount to false advertising, no?
     
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    If it's part of a review, that wouldn't be false advertising (the article is not 'by' the manufacturer). But it could be a bit misleading.

    And yes, it's most probably done by Photoshop or another program like that. It's very hard to make a good photo of a TV-set with an on-screen picture.

    Cees
     
  5. SteveW

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    It's done in Best Buy and Circuit City ads all the time. Just looks better for advertising to have a full picture on the screen.
     
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    Yes, and Playboy and Penthouse models don't look as good in real life...but they still look pretty damned good!
     
  7. Jack Briggs

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    Much ado about nothing here. As Cees notes, images superimposed on pictures of TV screens are the norm as it's very difficult to take a picture of a TV set that renders a good image of what's onscreen as well as of the TV set itself.

    In the Sunday-morning circulars, this is just marketing. In magazine reviews, it's just "art direction."

    No biggie, and no "statement" regarding theatrical aspect ratios is being made.
     

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