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Letterbox to Anamorphic?

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Hi all, I wanted to ask if anyone has ever restored a film from letterbox to anamorphic in DVD format? Some studios release dvds in letterbox format to quickly release the dvds in retail. Now that majority of everyone has a 16x9 television, letterbox makes the image really small on a screen. Two movies I know of in particular have been restored to anamorphic but on blu-ray only. “Barry Lyndon” and “Lolita”. If there’s a way to put it onto a dvd5 or dvd9 I’d like to know if possible. Thanks in advance!

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You could rip the letterboxed DVD, edit it to anamorphic in software and burn it back to a disc but aside from being a waste of time this will not help with the picture quality. You could get a similar effect by just simply zooming in on the small letterboxed image. It should be stated that Blu-Rays are not anamorphic since the images are being displayed as is i.e. there is no stretching of the image which is what anamorphic means. My advice would be to simply buy the Blu-Ray.

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mikeb960 said:

Hi all, I wanted to ask if anyone has ever restored a film from letterbox to anamorphic in DVD format? Some studios release dvds in letterbox format to quickly release the dvds in retail. Now that majority of everyone has a 16x9 television, letterbox makes the image really small on a screen. Two movies I know of in particular have been restored to anamorphic but on blu-ray only. “Barry Lyndon” and “Lolita”. If there’s a way to put it onto a dvd5 or dvd9 I’d like to know if possible. Thanks in advance!

If you don’t want to burn you can just buy a Xbox 360 you can go into dvd settings someone made a tutorial on how to https://youtu.be/LtbsSvyl2bY

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I’d recommend using DVD Rebuilder. It has a built in option that does just this. Select it and in a couple clicks you can re-encoded and rebuild the entire disc without any effort.
http://www.jdobbs.com/

It is under the Options Tab: AVS Options/AVS Expert Options/Convert from LB 4:3 to 16:9.

Edit: I do prefer to do this while converting PAL to NTSC. PAL has more lines so you do gain some picture.
Otherwise, it’s usually easier to select the Zoom picture mode on the TV.

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