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Old 10-27-2008, 07:17 PM   #1
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WTF?!?!?! My local video stores have made it a point to not buy any widescreen movies if they can get full screen movies instead. I mean, this has been happening for a while now, but I assumed they would eventually learn the error of their ways and switch over. Especially now that lots more people have bought widescreen tvs.

Alas, I mentioned again how I would like to rent a certain movie, but they don't have Widescreen, and she restated their policy. THEIR LOSS!

I can download it widescreen and not even have to pay for it if they want to be that way. Sometimes I can go to the other place and find it, but if not, it's a 20 minute trip to the big city to go to a REAL video store.

They claim that more people complain about the black bars on their tv sets than people who don't like to miss parts of the movie. I just don't get it. Are they all retarded??


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Old 10-27-2008, 07:20 PM   #2
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They claim that more people complain about the black bars on their tv sets than people who don't like to miss parts of the movie. I just don't get it. Are they all retarded??
What about the black bars I've got to endure on the fullscreen movies on the widescreen tv??? (I know I can adjust the settings to stretch the fullscreen) Same argument.


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Old 10-27-2008, 07:22 PM   #3
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Just another reason to go with Netflix. Local video stores will be like drive-up diners soon. Something to tell your grandkids about.
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I would way rather watch a widescreen with black bars over a full screen any day. On a 16:9 ratio tv a 4:3 has vertical bars without the zoom feature on anyway.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:24 PM   #5
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I would way rather watch a widescreen with black bars over a full screen any day. On a 16:9 ratio tv a 4:3 has vertical bars without the zoom feature on anyway.
Same here.

OP: What size TV you looking at? I have a 65" that can be seen across the room...
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:28 PM   #6
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What about the black bars I've got to endure on the fullscreen movies on the widescreen tv??? (I know I can adjust the settings to stretch the fullscreen) Same argument.
I like my black bars. I have our TV programmed to use 4:3 instead of stretching. My friends used to watch their widescreen stretched on broadcast channels instead of resizing. Maybe it was a pain for them to change, but all I have to do is press a button on the remote. Easy.

I just don't want to miss part of the movie! That's what happens when you watch full screen movies. They pan and scan parts of the scene out.

I guess I got too many old, inbred , rednecks around here that think the black bars means they are not getting their money's worth from their TV.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:45 PM   #7
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I'm in agreement with you man, just stating the obvious fact that their reasoning (people don't like the black bars) can be used right back at them.
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I always buy widescreen DVDs even though I don't have a widescreen tv. I like knowing I'm seeing the whole picture. It's getting harder and harder to find a PC monitor that's NOT widescreen.
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. . . I know I can adjust the settings to stretch the fullscreen . . .
Stretch is one of my pet peeves. Like looking at a fun house mirror. Some shows broadcast that way and you can't adjust it back.
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:33 PM   #10
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That stinks! You loose a lot of important picture information in fullscreen or the image is distorted. The film was shot with an intended widescreen look, so it should be viewed in one. Drive me totally crazy and being a film school graduate adds to my frustration.


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