"Sophisticated": a story about widescreen

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  1. Brenton

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    Just got back from a Monday-night youth Bible study group at the youth pastor's house. When I got there, the Monsters, Inc. DVD was playing on his tiny little TV, and I noticed that it was in widescreen. I didn't say anything, because I would seem like a weirdo if I said something to the effect of "Yay, widescreen!".
    We turned off the movie partway-through so we could begin the night's Bible study. Once it was over, we turned the movie back on. On the menu screen where you choose which aspect ratio to watch, whoever was in charge of the remote control arbitrarily chose widescreen.
    One of the guys on the couch said "You should have picked full screen! Widescreen sucks."
    Peter, the youth pastor, about 25 years old, replied, "No, in my house, you always choose widescreen."
    One of the other guys said, "Wha-? It doesn't even fill the screen!"
    I said "Who cares if it fills the screen? You're not supposed to look at the black spaces. You're supposed to look at the movie between them."
    If I'm not mistaken, one of the other guys chuckled and muttered "Yeah, really..."
    Peter called to his wife in the kitchen. "Hey, Angie," he said, "Tell them what we noticed about people who like widescreen and people who like full screen."
    She came out of the kitchen. "People who like widescreen are more sophisticated," she said. Then I thought about all of us here on the Home Theater Forum, and nodded in agreement.
    Pastor Peter and his wife had their first baby earlier this year. I expect that Peter Jr. will grow up to be "sophisticated" like us.
     
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    So...when's the next meeting? lol

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    Did he mention that people who prefer widescreen are also five times more likely to go to heaven?

    It's a fact. There have been studies.

    Which circle of hell do P&S lovers go to? Somebody dig up Dante and ask him.
     
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    Pure inspiration.

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    For "person's of the cloth" they would never be my pastor, or priest or rabbi. They are supposed to treat all their flock equally! [​IMG]
     
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    God and Jesus watch in widescreen! Hallelujah! [​IMG]
    In Hell, in between being proded with forks, you're made to watch scope movies - in pan and scan! And you're made to watch black and white shows colorized! Nasty stuff. [​IMG]
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    And on the Eighth Day, God said, "Let there be bars!" And there were. And they were good.
     
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    In Heaven, the TV always matches the original aspect ratio of the movie you're watching. Never a black bar.

    Oh, and there's no FBI warning.
     
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    Truly divine intervention.


    Should you really say something "sucks" at a Bible Study youth group??!!
     
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    Testify, Brother Brent! [​IMG]
    But sadly, even in Heaven, there is no Special Edition DVD of Uncle Billy's, Ace In The Hole. [​IMG]
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    The 11th Commandment:
    Thou Shalt Not Cut Off The Sides of the Picture
    Scene at the Pearly Gates:
    St. Peter: "Oh, dear. Did you really return a DVD to Wal-Mart because it had 'black bars' on the screen?"
    The 'Late' Joe Six-pack: "Uh... yeah."
    St. Peter (reaches for the trap door lever): "Going down!"
     
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    Praise the Lord!
     
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    Widescreen kicks arse for the Lord!
     
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    I don't know about sophistication, (I would hardly consider myself sophisticated) but I do think that widescreen/pan and scan preference could perhaps be used as some sort of litmus to determine open-mindedness and abilities of deductive reasoning. You can tell a lot about a person by their widescreen/full screen preference. I don't want to say that people who prefer widescreen are necessarily more intelligent but they do perhaps have greater logical sense. Aside from the obvious director's intent/artistic merit issues, a preference for widescreen can reveal powers of observation ("Movie screens at the theater are rectangular, not square"), deductive reasoning ("What would be the point of covering the top and bottom of the screen with black? And shots would not seem so perfectly framed in widescreen if this were so") and openness to new ideas ("I like it that movies are not all boring old square shapes like TV, it really sets them apart as motion pictures rather than sitcoms"). And these three abilities are certainly factors in determining intelligence.
     
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    I assume that with Monsters Inc. The fullscreen was not P&S (duh) and that all the characters were just moved inwards. I saw both W/S and Full Screen and didn't notice a difference.

    The miracles of computer animation is that they can move things around unlike live-action movies where OAR is important.

    Oh sheez. my meds are wearing off. sorry
     

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