nonanamorphic question

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  1. Charlie O.

    Charlie O. Supporting Actor

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    What would be the reason for a stuido to release a widescreen dvd nonanamorphic? Is it cheaper or something like that?
     
  2. MikeEckman

    MikeEckman Screenwriter

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    Cost and laziness are the two primary reasons.

    The first few years DVD was available, many widescreen movies were direct ports of widescreen laserdisc transfers, so the transfer was mastered to DVD without any changes, thus the non-anamorphic transfer.

    In order for a studio to make an anamorphic transfer, they must reacquire the original source, or at the very least, re-encode the non anamorphic transfer to make it anamorphic, both of which cost time and money.

    Nowadays, most studios take the original film elements and make a 1080p transfer and then down convert that to 16x9 anamorphic widescreen.
     
  3. Robert Dunnill

    Robert Dunnill Second Unit

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    There were also concerns on the part of some studios (including BV and Fox) about having their offerings display as well as possible on 4:3 sets (which comprised the overwhelming balance of the displays then in use).

    Edit: Also, 16x9-enhanced 1.66:1 titles only offer about half the resolution gain that "wider" ones get; meanwhile, on 4:3 displays, they will appear as "windowboxed," with black bars on all four sides. I think this is why MGM (and Warner?) format their 1.66:1 offerings for 4:3, rather than 16x9.
     
  4. Patrick McCart

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    Before 2000, non-anamorphic was used mainly because a lot of studios didn't forsee the success of DVD and/or 16x9 TV.

    However, it's really cheap now for a studio to release non-anamorphic unless it's wider than 1.66:1.
     

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