OAR vs. MAR dvd?

BrianGC

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Hi,
I saw in the weekly price roundup of dvds that some were sold in both OAR and MAR versions, with a note to choose the right one.

What is the difference and which is the "right" one?

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BGC
 

Nathan Stohler

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I don't think there is really a right or wrong in this area. Some people prefer to have their 4:3 ratio TV screen filled up (i.e. MAR) even though you are losing some of the picture.

I prefer OAR because I can see the entire movie. Also, keep in mind that one of these days, you may have a 16:9 ratio display (if you don't already), in which case you will have to zoom in on your MAR movies or else you will have bars on the sides.

By the way, if you didn't already know:
MAR = modified aspect ratio (formatted to fit a 4:3 TV)
OAR = original aspect ratio (the entire picture, as was intended, in its original format)
 

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According the the HTF's mission statement, there is a right and wrong. Since the HTF strives to recreate the theater experience at home, OAR is "right" and MAR is most certainly "wrong".
 

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Hi,
Thanks for the replies. I'd heard widescreen and anamorphic before, but never seen those 2 abreviations. I always buy the widescreen version, even for my 27" Toshiba.

BGC
 

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Yes, and I'm sure 99% of the people who visit this forum prefer OAR. I was just pointing out that it doesn't much matter which is the "right" way if it's not what you prefer.
 

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you're already ahead of the curve my friend.
 

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