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    Default Forrest Gump DVD upgrade to HDX?

    I chose to upgrade my Forrest Gump DVD to HDX. It's showing with black bars on the right and left of the picture. The description says enhanced widescreen. Can't be. It's a full screen picture cropped at the sides. Looks like an old movie on an HD channel on cable TV that isn't broadcasting in HD.

    Would love to have the HD enhanced widescreen version I should have received if possible.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Forrest Gump DVD upgrade to HDX?

    Is it windoboxed or pillarboxed?

    It it fills the screen top to bottom then it's pillarboxed which would be very odd (in this century ) for a 2.35 Panavision (not Super 35 matted) film.

    This would be an old pan & scan version (made for 1.33 SDTV) which crops over 45% of the picture information.

    If you see black bars all the way around that is windoboxing.

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    Default Re: Forrest Gump DVD upgrade to HDX?

    Quote Originally Posted by Julien View Post
    Is it windoboxed or pillarboxed?

    It it fills the screen top to bottom then it's pillarboxed which would be very odd (in this century ) for a 2.35 Panavision (not Super 35 matted) film.

    This would be an old pan & scan version (made for 1.33 SDTV) which crops over 45% of the picture information.

    If you see black bars all the way around that is windoboxing.
    It's a pan scan version for standard TV's with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Exactly my point, it's like watching an old movie on TCM. Not HDX. I work for a cable company and I'm aware there are still people with old standard TV's but not too many.

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    Default Re: Forrest Gump DVD upgrade to HDX?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra View Post
    It's a pan scan version for standard TV's with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Exactly my point, it's like watching an old movie on TCM. Not HDX. I work for a cable company and I'm aware there are still people with old standard TV's but not too many.
    Just a not very relevant point but TCM does an outstanding job of presenting classic films in the proper aspect ratio, OAR, and if it is 4:3, it is almost certainly because that is how it was originally shown in theaters.

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    Default Re: Forrest Gump DVD upgrade to HDX?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra View Post
    It's a pan scan version for standard TV's with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Exactly my point, it's like watching an old movie on TCM. Not HDX. I work for a cable company and I'm aware there are still people with old standard TV's but not too many.
    I reported this to our content team so they can request the correct stream from the studio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    I reported this to our content team so they can request the correct stream from the studio.
    Thank you Jake. I appreciate your help. Chris, I agree TCM is very good at presenting old films. I love the channel. I'm sure when Forrest Gump was put out on video it was for 4:3 fullscreen TVS in 1994. My first copy of the movie was on VHS.

    Thanks again Jake. Love your service.

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    Default FORREST GUMP UPGRADE TO HDX?

    Still waiting for an HDX version of Forrest Gump. I paid for an upgrade and received a pan scan version. My standard DVD of the movie is in widescreen and looks way better than what I received with my D2D upgrade. Really, nobody should be receiving a pan scan version when upgrading to HDX.

    http://forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?t=145421

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    Default Re: FORREST GUMP UPGRADE TO HDX?

    Sounds somewhat like my version of HDX of Domestic Disturbance. It is so grainy that it doesn't look much like HD IMO. Also, my HDX version of Peaceful Warrior only worked until the 1:18 timestamp and then starting having just static as audio. I don't know how long it will take to fix because they said they need to go back to the studio for another copy. D2D has been far from perfect.
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    Default Re: FORREST GUMP UPGRADE TO HDX?

    Yes, I just noticed my Forest Gump is also pan & scan, even though it says widescreen on the details page. Please get this fixed.

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    Default Re: FORREST GUMP UPGRADE TO HDX?

    I emailed support about this and they said that this movie isn't available in Widescreen format. That's strange because the details page for the film says it is HD widescreen and I paid for HD. If it's not available, it shouldn't be advertised as such!

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