This occurred to me the other day as I was watching a movie on my 16x9 display. How much of an influence will the eventual replacement of 4x3 displays with 16x9 displays have on the movie industry? None? A great deal? I ask this because it seems to me that within the next few years people will not be willing to accept watching a DVD that does not fill their 16x9 screen completely. After all, it's pretty clear that the movie studios have shown a willingness to cater to the tastes of their DVD consumers. Since the two biggest issues are having a full screen and viewing the theatrical ratio, it seems like the next logical step for the studios is to require their movies be shot in either a 16x9 ratio only--or to have one version shot for theatres and one shot for the DVD medium. No matter which road they took, it would eliminate pan-and-scan and would likely make consumers more willing to view their 16x9 displays as more of a movie display as opposed to HDTV. Just as Bubba and Mertle complain because of the black bars on their 4x3 tv, I don't doubt that people will pitch a fit about black bars on their HDTV when they sit down to watch a Scope or Academy Standard movie. Does this sound a little silly? Maybe. But let's not forget the influence that Television had on Hollywood back in the 1950s. Hollywood saw their piece of the pie shrinking and didn't like what they saw. Let's face it, what they did was pretty radical. And it was done for one reason only--money. Yes it gave directors more canvas to work with, so perhaps it did have artistic merit. But let's not kid ourselves, your widescreen movie experience exists because of the influence of home entertainment--plain and simple. So just as folks were staying home to watch Uncle Milty back in the day, might they not be more likely to stay home in the future to watch high-definition 16x9 programming and HD-DVD? God only knows what it will cost to go to the theatre in 5 or 10 years. If this scenario plays out, what will be the response? Surely they don't want to shoot themselves in the foot by providing movies on HD-DVD at the risk of people going to the movies less without some sort of counterbalance. Plus, they can't risk people viewing their 16x9 displays solely as HDTV displays at the peril of home video sales. What will be the next innovation to come out of this? Higher resolution theatrical films perhaps? Theatrical films shot in a 16x9 ratio as mentioned before? Maybe even 4x3 films recomposed electronically or some other way for 16x9 displays? So what do you think will happen in the future when it comes to the relationship between theatrical film, HDTV, and the home video experience as the consumer dollar is fought over? Will it stay the same or will there be a fundamental change somewhere along the line?