Which aspect ratio to buy?

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  1. Marshall Sander

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    This is a newbie question as I am just beginning to buy dvds for my collection. I have a 16x9 television.

    Example: There are at least two versions of The Matrix on dvd. Both are anamorphic. One is offered in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the other is in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

    I know that the 1.85:1 is 16x9. Does this mean that the 1.85:1 ratio dvd will completely fill the screen?

    Will the 2.35:1 ratio dvd end up with black bars on my 16x9 monitor?

    Which is the better choice, and why?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Damin J Toell

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    Yes.
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    There are virtually never 2 different ratio anamorphic presenatations of the same film.

    General opinion is the Director shot the film with an intentional viewing ratio and that's the best way to watch it so you're not missing anyhting you should see or seeing anything additional that you shouldn't.

    OAR rules!
     
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    Pick the films by what you like, not what AR they're in.

    It's like avoiding Citizen Kane for being mono...there's more to the movies than the viewing technology!
     
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    I think he's looking at Matrix revisited, which is 1.78:1
    as his other version. MR is basically an extras disc
     
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    The Matrix Special Edition is just an expensive packaging with other extras like a soundtrack CD, lobby cards, etc.
    http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_ite...4&item_id=9200
    The DVD in the package is identical to the regular edition, and is definitely the ONLY version of the movie on DVD. It is 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, as shown for the regular edition. The video information on the SE saying 1.85:1 is incorrect.
     
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    why didn't they make WS tvs 1.85:1? They' were almost there with 1.78:1!
     
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    I always wondered about that. Is there any logical reason they chose 1.78:1 instead of 1.85:1? They only reason I can possibly think of is that 1.78:1 conveniently equals 16:9, but is that a good enough reason?
     
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    because 1.78:1 is a "golden ratio" compromise between 1.85:1 and 2.35:1

    It's a Japanese thing. From what I hear most film people were shooting closer to 2:1
     
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    Marshall, buy whatever version of the Matrix you want, because when it shows up at your door, it will be the one and only correctly framed 2.35:1 aspect ratio. There have been cases of DVDs released in the wrong aspect ratio (every p&s title for example) but this was never the case witht THE MATRIX. Unless for some reason you end up with some random bootleg, you are going to get the right one.
     
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    Brian,

    I knew someone would be anal enough to pick me up on that, those instances would not concern Marshall or rather confuse him.
     

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