- Feb 28, 2006
Has anyone noticed that Vudu will randomly have a movie for sale or rent and it turns out not to be in the correct aspect ratio? A while back I bought the 1931 version of Frankenstein in 'HDX' (their version of HD-with special features.) and the image was stretched to fill a 16 X 9 screen. I didn't notify them or pay much attention to it, probably thinking some Millennium uploaded it not knowing anything about aspect ratios. But, a couple of months later it was magically resolved when I checked it, now being in the correct 1:33:1 aspect ratio. I recently bought the Hitchcock classic "Shadow of A Doubt" and it too is stretched to a 16 X 9 image. I wrote Vudu an email on this, but they have yet to fix it. Has anyone else experienced this? I have also noticed that TCM on Sling features a same kind of problem, currently the four "Miss Marple" films made in the 1960's by MGM featuring Margaret Rutherford are all showing in their correct aspect ratio except 1-"Murder Most Foul!"-the correct aspect ratio is 1:85:1 which fills the 16 X 9 screen, however, it is being show in some sort anti-anamorphic stretched image of 2:35:1 ! They have done that for several other films as well. I wonder if they realize what they are doing?