Portable DVD player that can display 4x3 discs properly?

Jonathan Burk

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Is there a portable DVD player (with a 16x9 screen) that can properly display a 4x3 picture "pillarboxed" in the middle of the screen? How about the ability to zoom in and crop off the bars in a 4x3 letterboxed movie?

I can't find any information regarding this issue. Most reviews only seem reference 16x9 DVD's.
 

Scott Merryfield

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My Pioneer PDV-LC10 has three viewing modes -- one for anamorphic widescreen, one for pillarboxing 4x3 material, and a zoom mode for letterboxed 4x3 material. I would be surprised if the newer Pioneer models did not offer the same options.
 

Todd Hochard

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My Toshiba SD-P2000 pillarboxes 4x3 material perfectly and automatically.
You can also zoom up letterboxed discs, but that's not automatic. You have to punch a button on the remote, or a few buttons on the front/top panel.

I've seen it recently for $569 at my local Best Buy (retail $800).

Todd
 

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