Question about the double sided widescreen/fullscreen discs.

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  1. StephenA

    StephenA Screenwriter

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    Ok, here's my question. Why is it that when I put in the disc to watch it, I have to put the widescreen side up to view the movie in widescreen? If I watch a single sided disc with the artwork on the other side, I keep the data side down to watch it. I don't really get this.
     
  2. Kyle McKnight

    Kyle McKnight Cinematographer

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    It saying "if you see this label, you're watching the widescreen version."
     
  3. Dan M

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    Lessee....okay, the side that is labeled widescreen is actually fullscreen because the data side is read by the laser from the bottom. But it's labeled backwards so that when you insert the disc the label is facing up and towards you.

    Make sense?
     
  4. Brian McHale

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    Since people are used to putting the artwork side up, they label two-sided discs so you watch the version according to the up-side labeling. The side that says WIDESCREEN actually contains the FULL SCREEN version.
     
  5. StephenA

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    Ok, thanks guys. I guess I was a little confused. :b Dunno why I didn't think of that before.
     
  6. BrettB

    BrettB Producer

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    Well, that's just the way it is.
    1. Pretend it is a single-sided disc with only the widescreeen version.
    2. Imagine that instead of the small "Widescreen" text around the hub there is instead artwork covering that side of the disc.
    I assume you could use magic markers and create your own artwork without harming the "good" side of the disc. [​IMG]
     
  7. Martin Fontaine

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    The Good Girl is the other way around.

    When I first put the disk in, I put the side that says Widescreen on top and I see the dreaded message! Flip the disk and it's fine (Well, ok, the WS Side was defective on my first copy before I exchanged it) But the new version also has the labelling backwards. Didn't freeze where the 1st copy did, but I haven't watched it in whole with the new copy yet.
     

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