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Since: 24.3.02
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There was a time when I thought the answer to this question was obvious. Pan and Scan in my opinion, is a totally unacceptable way to watch a movie. Click the link for examples of what gets lost in the "full screen" version of Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (the author goes a bit overboard, but it's worth it to just see the pictures). Open matte makes for a fine full-screen version, but it's rare to find a movie done fully in this manner.

So I tell my friends this, about how you lose a lot of what's happening on the sides in a full-screen version. One friend tells me that the bars on the wide-screen version really bother her, because they make it seem like something is being cut out. Never mind that the opposite is in fact true!

I immediately decide that my friends are idiots. While looking through the top selling DVDs at Amazon.com, though, I see they're not alone. While the wide-screen edition is always the better selling one, the full-screen is usually not far behind).
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So assuming that The W has a representative sample of the general public, we probably have both wide-screen and full-screen users here. I prefer wide-screen. Which do you prefer?
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Originally, I preferred fullscreen, until I realized what I was missing.

Now I'm a firm believer in widescreen.



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Widescreen, but if it's not available, I'm not above getting the full screen.



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Since: 2.1.02
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
Widescreen, always. Okay, I can deal with full frame if it's open matte, but even then it's only if a widescreen version doesn't exist (and even then I'll complain).

(A good example of how open matte can spoil a scene can be found here: Click Here (widescreen.org) -- "A Fish Called Wanda" is the example I had in mind.)

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Since: 26.3.03
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.06
I've always preferred widescreen, and that was reinforced when I recently purchased a widescreen TV.

Though now that I have a widescreen TV, I find myself slightly annoyed by anamorphic (2.35:1) aspect ratio DVDs, since it means I'll still have black bars.



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Since: 22.2.04
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.13
Fullscreen until I get a widescreen TV.



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Since: 12.2.02
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.04
    Originally posted by samoflange
    Fullscreen until I get a widescreen TV.
See, I used to think the same thing. However, since widescreen is going to be the next TV I get, I will only get widescreen movies from now on in anticipation. I've really come to prefer the widescreen view anymore, too.



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    Originally posted by samoflange
    Fullscreen until I get a widescreen TV.


That's how it is in my house. The horizontal bars on the "widescreen on fullscreen TV" bother Mrs. JJD more than the pan-and-scan bothers me.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.82
    Originally posted by JayJayDean
      Originally posted by samoflange
      Fullscreen until I get a widescreen TV.


    That's how it is in my house. The horizontal bars on the "widescreen on fullscreen TV" bother Mrs. JJD more than the pan-and-scan bothers me.


Seconded. I would get the widescreen, but Mrs. rinberg also cares more about the bars than I care about the pan-and-scan.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.13
    Originally posted by whatever
      Originally posted by samoflange
      Fullscreen until I get a widescreen TV.
    See, I used to think the same thing. However, since widescreen is going to be the next TV I get, I will only get widescreen movies from now on in anticipation. I've really come to prefer the widescreen view anymore, too.


That's understandable, and if I was someone who bought DVD movies I'd probably be the same way. But I'm solely a renter, so when I go to the video store I'll just pick fullscreen for now.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.35
With "Pan and Scan", someone other than the director is choosing what is important for the audience to see. They are in effect, re-editing the movie.

Wide-screen... all the way.. I won't rent a movie unless it is available in wide-screen.



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I generally don't care enough to actually make a choice. Most of the movies we get are animated and a quick perusal through our DVDs shows about 2/3 full screen and 1/3 wide screen.





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Since: 26.6.02
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.16

Widescreen for me. I can't even watch movies on HBO anymore because they are full screen. I won't buy or rent anything that's not widescreen.

And I really want to punch people in the mouth when they say something retarded like "Widescreen?! You miss half the movie!" Morons.



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Since: 10.12.01
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.70
Whatever the original theatrical ratio is. Generally, this means widescreen.



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I generally like fullscreen because I have a small TV. Though, some pan and scan is done just terribly. WILD THINGS, anyone?



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Since: 26.3.03
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.90
I prefer to buy DVD movies in widescreen. I watched some really bad fullscreen pan and scans on really good movies over the years, such as "Carlito's Way" (one of my favorite movies ever). Not only did they pan and scan that movie, but there were some scenes where they needed to fit everything in, so they just squished the whole frame. WTF?



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Since: 26.11.04
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.83
Whatever the original aspect ratio was (so basically widescreen on anything made after the 1950's.)
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Since: 17.1.02
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.75
Seeing most of these responses fill me with joy. I also will not buy or rent a movie unless it is widescreen. Big ups to Blockbuster for going all widescreen in their rentals.

I may have mentioned this before, but one of the most interesting special features on a DVD was on The Interpreter (starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn). Sydney Pollack, the director, devoted a whole featurette to showing people how much they would miss just of his movie if they were watching fullscreen instead of widescreen. I have never seen anything like that, and he proved it to me.

I am amazed by the stats Mr. Boffo provided, because the exact opposite is true at my Target. The fullscreen version almost always outsells the widescreen version of any movie we have in stock. I can't understand it, although the usual response is the "I don't like the black bars" line. I'm not there during open hours, but I know I would be telling any customers about the advantages of widescreen versus getting the fullscreen version.







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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.02
I don't understand how the bars bother people. Within minutes of starting a movie your mind filters them out and you don't see them. I mean if you were watching on a 14" or something I could see it maybe.

Even when I owned a tiny TV I bought the widescreen because I didn't want to end up buying the movie twice (though that hasn't held since I've been slowly replacing VHS tapes of hard to find stuff).
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Since: 7.1.02
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.23
I'll typically buy widescreen if I can, and 9 times out of 10 will hold out if all I can find is full screen, though there have been (very few) times where I ended up getting full screen because after waiting and checking multiple times, I never found a widescreen version.






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