I realise I may be setting the cat among the pigeons, or among the sacred cows, but I would just like to give my impressions of viewing the recently released DVD of 'Nicholas Nickleby' starrring Charlie Hunnam. When I received the disc, I watched it in its original ratio (2.35:1), as I have every film I have bought on DVD in the past four years. I don't have a projector or large widescreen, just a 72" Loewe, which admittedly gives a crystal clear picture. But in a film that was noticeably short of good closeups, I found myself a bit distant from the action. A recent New York Times story on a California study of digital projection for theaters reported that the ideal distance to sit from a cinema screen is two or three times the height of the screen. So to enjoy a cinemascope film on my TV, perhaps I should sit two feet from the screen! Anyway, last night two friends came over and we watched the full-screen version on the other side of the disc. In short, I found it more enjoyable. It was easier to enjoy the nuances of the great performances (especially Christopher Plummer's) and the use of open matte where necessary meant there were none of the "two noses talking to each other" moments so common in the old pan and scan prints done for TV. I think it was Robert Harris who said that home theatre is NOT the cinema, and there are compromises involved. I believe the perfect way to see this film would be in glorious widescreen at a cinema. At home, I think either viewing choice involves a compromise. So perhaps sometimes it might be tolerable to leave the matter to personal preference. I should add that when I discussed this with my 16-year-old daughter, she sneered: "Well of course I appreciate the great cinematography, so I prefer it in widescreen." Perhaps I have trained her too well!