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I actaully PREFER seeing the black bars, even on my widescreen TV. — Page 2

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Originally posted by: THX
16:9 movies?
Yeah, or 1.77:1 - I don't know how many movies are shot in that exact ratio, though.

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Originally posted by: Mielr

marioxb- you have me totally confused now. I thought you said you liked watching the movies in the middle of the screen? What you're saying now is that you don't like it when movies are exactly 16:9 because then there are no bars at the top and bottom?


Well, yeah. I guess thats what Im saying. I guess it all started with the original Resident Evil DVD. I swear there was the tinyiest bit chopped off the top when I had the DVD player set to 16x9. No matter what setting I tried on the TV would fix that. There were some words on one of the computer displays in the beginning of the movie that were cut off. I changed the DVD player to 4x3 Letterbox and voila, nothing was cut off. Ever since then, I just got used to the idea of always seeing black bars on widescreen movies, the same was as I always have with the rare widescreen VHS. It just seems more natural to me to see the movie with the black bars there. I guess Id (what causes me not to be able to type apostraphies? Everytime I type one now, it opens the "Find on page" box of Firefox instead of typing what I wanted it to, this happened to me a couple of times. I also cant use the arrow keys.) prefer smaller bars than larger ones, but for some reason, I just would rather have some bars be at the top and bottom, rather than none. This only goes for movies and shows in the widescreen aspect ratio. For 1:33:1 stuff, I really dont care how it looks as much (as far as being stretched which I honestly dont even notice anymore) as long as I am seeing all of the picture, hence I watch it streched to fit the screen with nothing cut off.

As far as why I got the widescreen TV, my mother and I do (did, she passed away in 2003) crazy things like that, like just buy something "just because". I dont do it as much as she did, but the main reason I chose widescreen, because I knew it would be the norm in a few years, and I do love widescreen programming. Plus, I had no idea it would cut stuff off. Again, grew up used to the widescreen bars, so maybe its also nostalgic to keep the bars there, much like everyone and their holy original original trilogy. (In case you guys forgot, Im one of the 3 people in the world (ok, probably just on these forums- I still know that at least 80% of the population probably never even REALIZED the movies were changed in 1997. Those being non-Star Wars freaks non-internet saavy people) that prefers the extra special editions, but still has a place (all the way in the back, behind the couch) in his heart for the originals.