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Help needed ordering LOTR.

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by dAvE6, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. dAvE6

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    All my dvd's(about 5) whether they are region 1 or 2 have always had black borders on my widescreen TV. A bit ironic considering that's what they are designed to prevent. So prefferably i want lord of the rings to fill the whole screen.

    Do i go for the widescreen R1 version or the fullscreen R1 version? I'm definetly going for region 1, but just don't know which. Remember that it's a widescreen tv that i have.

    Thanks very much.
     
  2. Tafsir

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    it could be something to do with the setting on the dvd player m8
    i think you get 3 setting types
    4:3
    16:9
    letterbox

    toggle between the formats

    Tafsir
     
  3. nwgarratt

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    if you have got a widescreen TV the you want the widescreen version.

    You will still get the black borders, but not as much as a 4:3 TV as it is in 2.35:1 ratio.
     
  4. DaveP

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    Your problem is that your films are in 2.35:1 aspect ratio. If you buy the full screen version you will still get black lines, but this time they will be down the sides!

    There seems to be a big disagreement whether or not 2.35:1 is a good thing or not. In my case it's the ratio of choice! Others cannot abide it.

    What you want is a 16:9 ratio. This is usually shown as 1.85:1 on the box. I'm not sure if you can get LOTR in this format. It may be worth looking at Region 4 suppliers.

    Sometimes you'll get both 4:3 and 16:9 on the disks.

    My personal opinion is that if you don't like the black bars at the top and the bottom of the screen you are better off buying 4:3 disks and having them at the side.

    In either case you can always stretch them! Not quite what the director had in mind but then again he didn't have a 4:3 picture in mind either!

    DaveP
     
  5. dAvE6

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    What i'm really asking i suppose is whether the R1 fullscreen version will give a full-screen image on a widescreen tv??
     
  6. billduff

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    Do NOT get the Full Screen version. If you have a WS TV never get a full screen version (IMHO they shouldn't even be on sale !!!)

    The black bars you are getting are propbably to do with the ration the film is filmed in. I am not an expert in this but here is good link to explain WideScreen Explained .

    Basically TV's are 16:9 format bit films are often 'wider' than this. So to get the full width on screen they lose some height, that explains the bars at the top and bottom of a WideScreen image.

    The doclink above explains it in a lot more detail and tells you about the difference formats etc.

    Also follow tafsir's advice and check all your DVD and TV settings again.
     
  7. dAvE6

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    Ah thanks, i guess i'll buy the widescreen version. Thanks for explaining it all.
     

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