non-anamorphic question

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  1. david*mt

    david*mt Second Unit

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    I have a question on non-anamorphic dvds. I have a standard TV and I usually put my DVD player on 4:3 Pan and scan or 16:9 mode. Both of these expand the image by a lot. On 16:9 mode it just seems to stetch the image vertically, but it still looks pretty good. Can I still use these features to expand the image on non-anamorphic dvds? All of mine are currently anamorphic but I am considering buying Armageddon which is not.
     
  2. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    Your player isn't "expanding" anamorphic DVDs. It's simply playing them back as they're recorded, and they're showing up distorted because your TV isn't 16:9 and apparently doesn't have a 16:9 mode.

    Non-anamorphic DVDs will also show up as recorded, which means they won't be distorted on a 4:3 TV screen.

    M.
     
  3. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    You should, if your TV doesn't have a 16:9 mode, set your DVD player to "4:3 letterbox" for it to play 16:9-encoded properly scaled. A DVD that's letterboxed-only is not affected by this mode.
     

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