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Samsung LN52A650 w/ Sony playstation 3 letterbox movie help!

by zman369 / June 12, 2008 8:02 AM PDT

Anyone who can tell me how i can watch my blu-ray movies on the playstation 3 in full screen i need to change settings on playstation or the sammy tv...and if so what and where do i do that......thanks

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Following up...
by Mr__S / June 26, 2008 3:20 PM PDT

The first question is whether or not the black bars are on the top and bottom or on the side. Most BD movies are shot in a format that is still wider than 16:9. This is an aspect ratio called 2.35:1 (16:9 is 1.78:1). As a result, they shrink the movie to fit resulting in black bars. You can use Samsung?s Picture Size options to make these go away, but you end up cropping the sides of the movie.

If the black bars are on the side (and maybe also on the top of bottom), then there?s a setting somewhere in the PS3, but I?m not terribly familiar with that product.

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Kind of a like question

I JUST bought a Samsung LNT4071F 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD, went to watch what was called a widescreen, enhanced for 16:9 movie on it through a dvd player. dvd player is set to 16:9, tv is on 16:9 and I am also getting the black bars on top and bottom.

maybe I did not understand this, but after watching 'widescreen' movins on my old standard tv that way I was assuming/thinking on my widescreen tv I would get a full screen, not the cutoff letterbox format.

I posted the same question on the main board then saw this thread. am I experiencing the same thing? if so, why would the movies state they are enhanced for 16:9 tv's? If I do Zoom 1 it fills the screen, but when I do I lose part of the picture and it looks distorted size wise a bit.


ps as a side note I LOVE my tv except now having confusion on this issue. would recommend samsung in a second. great tv

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it's normal
by drewu / July 17, 2008 8:52 AM PDT

If the bars are on the top & bottom, that's just how the director wanted it. some movies are 2.35:1, some are 16:9.

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by CyclonicKitten / July 19, 2008 12:07 AM PDT
In reply to: it's normal

Samsung Guy and thie poster above are exactly correct. I get a lot of people in my store ask me this question. But you will still get black bars if the film was shot wider than a 16:9 ratio. Star Wars for example has HUGE bars because G. Lucas likes to shoot very wide. This being said, you will still see more of the picture on the widescreen TV than on a 4:3 TV even if both TVs have the bars. Some movies have em some dont. A movie is like a box of chocolates....oh nevermind.

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