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    Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

    I just bought Splendor in the Grass and viewing it it doesn't seem as if the aspect ratio is correct. I don't know the technicalities so I can't say for sure and it is from 1961 so maybe that's how it has to be. I don't see that it has been mentioned in this thread. Had I known I probably would not have bought it.

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      Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

      Originally posted by bru20 View Post
      I just bought Splendor in the Grass and viewing it it doesn't seem as if the aspect ratio is correct. I don't know the technicalities so I can't say for sure and it is from 1961 so maybe that's how it has to be. I don't see that it has been mentioned in this thread. Had I known I probably would not have bought it.
      I usually check IMDB for correct aspect ratios. According to that site, Splendor in the Grass has a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. So if the Vudu copy is correct it will probably fill the entire television screen with no bars.

      Hope that helps.

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        Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

        My Friend Flicka.... enhanced widescreen 16:9 when the film was shot as 4:3.

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          Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

          The aspect ratio of Bridget Jones Baby has been fixed. It's streaming in 2:40 to 1 now.

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            Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

            The Invisible Man (1933) (OAR: 1.33:1, Vudu: Stretched to 1.78:1, correct AR in SD)
            The Mummy (1932) (OAR: 1.33:1, Vudu: Stretched to 1.78:1, correct AR in SD)
            Sabotuer (1942) (OAR: 1.33:1, Vudu: Stretched to 1.78:1)

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              Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

              Originally posted by wolverine2k3 View Post
              I usually check IMDB for correct aspect ratios. According to that site, Splendor in the Grass has a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. So if the Vudu copy is correct it will probably fill the entire television screen with no bars.

              Hope that helps.
              Widescreen TV is approximately 1.78:1. If the aspect ratio (1.85:1) is shown correctly it will still be letterboxed (black lines on top and bottom).

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                Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

                It's not just movies.

                Babylon 5 [OAR: 16/9 (1.78:1) Vudu: 4/3 (1.33:1)]

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                  Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

                  Escape from L.A. has been fixed and now has the correct O.A.R.

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                    Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

                    Originally posted by mok77 View Post
                    The Invisible Man (1933) (OAR: 1.33:1, Vudu: Stretched to 1.78:1, correct AR in SD)
                    The Mummy (1932) (OAR: 1.33:1, Vudu: Stretched to 1.78:1, correct AR in SD)
                    Sabotuer (1942) (OAR: 1.33:1, Vudu: Stretched to 1.78:1)
                    I don't know about Sabotuer, but Mummy, Invisible Man and the other Universal films that were stretched in HDX are all correct in HD without the X.

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                      Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

                      Originally posted by Capt-Cupcake View Post
                      I don't know about Sabotuer, but Mummy, Invisible Man and the other Universal films that were stretched in HDX are all correct in HD without the X.
                      There is no HD without the X anymore.

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                        Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

                        Originally posted by SirStephenH View Post
                        It's not just movies.

                        Babylon 5 [OAR: 16/9 (1.78:1) Vudu: 4/3 (1.33:1)]

                        Eh...this one is tricky. YES, B5 was indeed shot in 16:9, but that is NOT the original Aspect ratio. JMS shot the show in 16x9 to 'future proof' the show, but it was originally aired in 4:3 and it was shot accordingly. JMS knew it was to air in 4:3, and just kind of "shot extra" so that it could be shown in 16:9 someday. The DVDs are all in 4:3, too. 4:3 really is the original aspect ratio.

                        EDIT:

                        I am mistaken: The DVDs are indeed in 16x9, but that is problematic. Honestly, the show is better in 4:3 as that was the original aspect ratio. See below:

                        I know that there are a lot of Babylon 5 fans who are going to be very disappointed by the information in this section. Babylon 5 has been released in a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio, anamorphically enhanced; this was the original aspect ratio that Straczynski used when filming the live action sequences.

                        The computer-generated (CGI) footage is highly problematic, and for a very simple reason. While the live action footage was originally filmed in a widescreen aspect ratio, the CGI shots were rendered directly for the 4:3 aspect ratio. Instead of re-rendering the CGI footage for the new aspect ratio, Warner chose to crop and zoom in to the existing 4:3 CGI image. The result is that any scene with CGI in it looks distinctly blockier and less detailed than equivalent live-action footage: more like VHS than anything I'd expect on DVD. In addition, all the CGI scenes show major aliasing artifacts (a very noticeable shimmering effect) because of the mismatch between the rendered computer graphics and the screen's resolution. These artifacts could have been avoided by re-rendering the CGI shots for the new aspect ratio, or if the initial image had been rendered at a higher resolution to begin with. Unfortunately, Babylon 5 makes extensive use of CGI throughout both exterior and interior shots, so the lower image quality of this footage is very noticeable.

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                          Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

                          Originally posted by mrewster View Post
                          There is no HD without the X anymore.
                          As of a few months ago, you could still switch to regular HD on a tv even though it's not "advertised"

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                            Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

                            Originally posted by Capt-Cupcake View Post
                            As of a few months ago, you could still switch to regular HD on a tv even though it's not "advertised"
                            It's been gone since early-mid December...

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                              Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

                              Originally posted by mrewster View Post
                              It's been gone since early-mid December...
                              I'm going to have to check my TV when I get home. I sent an e-mail at the time they first stopped offering HD as a purchase option explaining that HD (not HDX) was the only way to watch those Universal Horror films in HD in the proper aspect ratio seeing as the HDX was messed up. They replied and assured me that the option to view HD would not go away.

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                                Re: The "Incorrect Aspect Ratio" Thread

                                The Getaway (1972) switches from 2.35:1 to 1.78:1 following the opening credits.

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