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National Lampoons Animal House

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Ron240, Feb 19, 2003.

  1. Ron240

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    I have just received my R2 copy of this cult classic from Play.
    It states on the case that it is 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen.
    Well,not as far as im concerned.:(
    I knew there was something strange when it started playing and i was getting black bars roughly equivalent to what a 2.35:1 ratio would give on a widescreen tv. Then i noticed the picture didnt look quite right,so i checked my picture size setting and found that it had not auto switched to wide,as is normal for all my other DVD's. I then manually switched my display to wide and as expected it became horizontally stretched.
    Has anybody else got this disc and noticed the same thing?
     
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    According to dvdcompare.....
    "1.85:1 non anamorphic PAL "
     
  3. Ron240

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    Yes thats for sure,its certainly not anamporphic:thumbsdow
    Mis-representation methinks.:D
     
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    I've got it also, and you're right - It doesn't exactly do what it says on the tin!!
     
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    This has been widely reported on a number of websites and forums.

    It's a printing error.

    There was a R1 collector's edition that was anamorphic, but that's now out of print.

    I bought Animal House R2 from Play as well and it arrived today. I personally don't mind if it's non-anamorphic for the price they're selling it at the moment - especially as there's not an anamorphic version available right now.

    Non-anamorphic PAL is far more tolerable than non-anamorphic NTSC anyway.
     
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    That depends. On my setup, I can do progressive on NTSC but not on PAL. And NTSC progressive is better than PAL interlaced (all other things being equal - which they rarely are!)

    Even without the progressive factor, the PAL vs NTSC debate has raged for a long time. And the only conclusion one can draw is that some prefer the one, some prefer the other. And image quality can be so very dependant on other factors.
     
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    Yes.

    Non-anamorphic NTSC always looks far worse to me than non-anamorphic PAL when zoomed on an interlaced CRT. Because of the lower vertical resolution of NTSC, I can always see those horrible scan lines when it's zoomed up. They're less visible when PAL is zoomed up. Naturally, if you're not using a CRT, then you're not going to see scanlines anyway, and if your CRT supports PS or 'scanline reducing technology' (e.g. Sony's DRC), then that's gonna make the image more appealing anyway.
     

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