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Old 18-05-2004, 22:25   #1
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Dark City and The Abyss SE not showing in correct aspect ratio??



I have 2 DVDs, Dark City and The Abyss SE

Both are supposedly 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

Now, you know the black banding you get on a normal 2.35:1 disk when displayed on a WS TV (such as LOTR etc.)....well on these disks the banding is about twice as big.

Ive had to use zoom on the telly to get the correct ratio.

Has anyone come across this before?

Any input appreciated (all my other DVDs are fine)

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Old 18-05-2004, 23:28   #2
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I don't know about 'Dark City', but 'The Abyss' is a non-anamorphic disc, and hence you need to use 'zoom' to view it correctly on a widescreen tv.

For more info on anamorphic widescreen have a look here.
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Old 19-05-2004, 00:22   #3
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I don't know about 'Dark City', but 'The Abyss' is a non-anamorphic disc, and hence you need to use 'zoom' to view it correctly on a widescreen tv.

For more info on anamorphic widescreen have a look here.
Yep, your right mate, dark city in non anamorphic too.

My excuse for being stupid? "All my other films are anamorphic...so how was I to know?"

And i'm sticking to it.
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so how was I to know
Not by looking at the packaging either. At best it's often misleading, ambiguously worded, and at worst it's wrong (as in "The Abyss" in many regions).

So the answer is - the picture is right when it looks right.

I have my own technique, which invloves looking at the image and deciding for myself whether it's anamorphic or not - and then sticking a little blue label on the barcode of the cover when it's letterboxed, non-anamorphic. And I always use manual aspect ratio selection on my displays.
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Old 21-05-2004, 10:08   #5
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Dark City region1 is definately anamorphic.
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Why use manual aspect switching?There is no reason not to use the auto switching present on anamorphic discs.
Non anamorphic discs are very few these days.
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Why use manual aspect switching?There is no reason not to use the auto switching present on anamorphic discs.
Non anamorphic discs are very few these days.
Mainly because I can't. But also because I don't trust it.

Can't - because I am using a projector, driven by a component feed from my DVD - so it doesn't have the "benefit" of the SCART swiching pin.
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Why use manual aspect switching?There is no reason not to use the auto switching present on anamorphic discs.
Non anamorphic discs are very few these days.
My TV does not auto switch when using component on NTSC discs as the auto switching line is different on PAL from NTSC. Using a scart connection it works a treat.
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