So Lilo & Stitch is 1.66:1 anamorphic...

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  1. Blair Lee

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    I popped in the Lilo & Stitch DVD last night (wow! the transfer is AWESOME!) to check out this odd aspect ratio. The box shows it as 1.66:1 anamorphic. Since my TV is 16x9 (1.78:1), doesn't that mean that I'll see some black on the left and right edges of my screen? I didn't see any. Is the difference in aspect ratio small enough that my TV's overscan has compensated? Or is there something else going on here?
     
  2. Kevin P

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    It's your overscan. 1.66:1 will have side bars slightly larger than the letterbox bars on a 1.85:1 anamorphic DVD. On most sets you won't see them.

    KJP
     
  3. Adam_ME

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    I remember Disney's Tarzan having the same issue. The DVD was framed at 1.66:1 but there were no visible black bars on the sides of my HDTV. It was really annoying when I got Criterion's The Vanishing since the tops of people's heads were often cut off due to the overscan. Thankfully, with the Malata DVD player I have, it's no longer a problem.
     
  4. GlennH

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    While 1.66:1 is not the norm, it isn't that rare. Disney has a few anamorphic 1.66:1 DVDs of their animated features out there (e.g., Rescuers Down Under).

    I don't see black side bars on my 16:9 TV either due to overscan. For non-anamorphic 1.66:1 (like MGM) I usually watch it windowboxed because using the zoom mode to fill the screen horizontally cuts off too much on top and bottom for my liking.
     
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    I do not believe that Lilo & Stitch is 1.66:1 despite the claims on the box indicating so. It is much closer to 1.78:1
     
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    Has anybody tried it in a DVD-ROM drive? I find that's usually the best way to tell for sure.
     
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    That does seem odd.
    Fox's Rocky Horror Picture Show is Anamorphic 1.66:1, and there are definitely small black bars on the sides of my HDTV.
     
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