Toshiba RD-97 and aspect ratio on DVD's

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  1. davidpow

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    I recently purchased a Toshiba RD-97 DVD recorder. Despite some other comments on this forum I am generally very happy with it...except for one thing.

    It is connect via HDMI-DVI lead to a Philips 26PF5520 TV. When playing some (quite a few!) pre-recorded DVD's...one example is Kingdom of Heaven...I get letterbox (black lines top and bottom) display. This results in only about 2/3 of the screen actually having picture on.

    Unfortunately, with the unit connected to the DVI/HD input on the TV, I cannot change the aspect ratio on the TV: the manual states only "widescreen" is available.

    Toshiba tell me this is because the black-lines top and bottom are part of the image the DVD has pre-recorded on it. but given that these films state they are in 16:9 widescreen format, why should I only be getting this effect on a 16:9 TV?

    thanks for anyones thoughts on this!
     
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    Because many films are more widescreen than 16:9. 16:9 is 1.78:1, many films are 2:35:1. With these you will get black lines on the top and bottom.
     
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    Kingdom of Heaven has an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen.
     
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    Sorry to drag up an old thread but I have been offered one of these for about £120 with a 12 month warranty, so does anyone think it is worth going for it and does it play DVD-RAM discs?
    It must play RAM as it will be replacing a Panasonic DVD recorder and I have loads of RAM discs. I believe it doesn't record onto RAM but I can live with that.

    Cheers, Andy.
     
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    According to the specifications, this machine has NO support for RAM disc, either play or record.
     
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    OK thanks, I will pass on the unit then,
    Cheers for your help.
     

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