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by dcrow82 / January 17, 2006 5:06 AM PST

I have the same issue with my widescreen TV. I have to use the zoom to get rid of the black bars. This is why I'm looking foward to HD movies. I have some HD channels and they are wonderful. I can't wait till I can get my hands on some HD DVD's so they will natively fit my screen without having to zoom or adjust the size.

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I understand your delima
by stewart norrie / January 17, 2006 5:19 AM PST
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I have one d.v.d. movie ITS A MAD MAD MAD WORLD done in cinimascope and the picture is so tiny virtically that I almost have to move my couch up close to see it ha ha. and if you use the zoom funtion that usually distorts the picture and makes it blurry, Of course we could put little curtians on the top and bottom of the screen good luck stewart norrie

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You need to understand movie apect ratio
by Dan Filice / January 17, 2006 5:35 AM PST

Just because a an HD channel or DVD is (or will be) in High-Def, doesn't mean that your black bars will be eliminated. You need to understand that there are many widescreen formats, and not all of them perfectly fill your 16:9 screen. Stewart, your Mad Mad World DVD will never fill a standard 16:9 screen because it was shot in a much much wider aspect ratio. It may have been shot in 185:1 or a 235:1 which is more like the Cinemascope pictures (very wide). The HD channels fill your 16:9 screen because that material has been shot or formatted for 16:9. Take a look at HBO-HD or TNT-HD when they show movies. Many movies still have the black bars on the top and bottom even though they are in HD. Yes, HD is in a 16:9 aspect ratio, but movies were shot widescreen way before there was anything called High-Def. The several feature film widescreen formats don't give a hoot about TV HD widescreen. And yes, you may need to "zoom" your TV picture if the black bars bother you, but learn to put up with them because it's a fact of TV-life and they are here to stay, no matter what format your TV is or what HD channel you watch. But, as long as you have a 16:9 TV, you'll get the most out of the picture, and it will beat the crud out of watching the same on a 4:3 screen.

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by masterying01 / January 17, 2006 1:05 PM PST
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when HD dvd's do come out...a lot of them will still give you black bars just because a lot of times...the movie is FILMED that way to begin with. also...many directors like the fact that "extra wide screen" ratios can let them display more ideas in one shot...which means its here to stay.

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