What does (P&S) mean?

P

Pids

Guest
I have been looking at DVDboxoffice and dvdsoon web sites.

Both seem to Have phantom of the menace in region 1 widescreen.

However, DVDsoon offers it with (P&S) or without? What is the difference.

and

wht does DVDboxoffice have it released almost a year ago when DVDsoon releases it this month?

Help
 
J

JHUK

Guest
P&S stands for Pan and Scan (or Pan and Scam as some people call it!)

It just means the Full Screen version of the film, not the widescreen.
 

LV426

Administrator
Staff member
P&S is a term often misused, but generally means 'reformatted to fit a 4x3 display'.

Depending on the origins of the material and other factors, it may be:

Truly Pan & Scan whereby you only get to see less than all of the original picture (a 4x3 frame cut out of the much wider film). For 22:9 films, you only see just over half of the width.

OR

Open matte whereby you actually see MORE of the film than cinemagoers did. However, this is often a Bad Thing because it affects the composition of the image (which detracts from the artistic intent) and/or may reveal artefacts of the production (lights, microphones, reflections etc) which would have been hidden in theatres.

In either case, the OAR (Original Aspect Ratio) is preferable IMHO.
 

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