The Widescreen/Fullscreen Misnomer
by Rusty W.
want to buy a copy of this Ocean's Eleven
DVD, but I don't know if I should get the
widescreen or fullscreen version. Could you tell
me the difference?
Yes, in fact we have a demonstration
here on display. The only way to fit a long
rectangular movie screen inside a square TV
screen is to place black bars at the top and
bottom. This is the widescreen edition, and it
preserves the entire image. The so-called full
screen versions cut off the sides of the movie
screen in order to fill up the TV. The dotted
lines on this picture indicate where someone has
cut the image, so you can't even see the shark,
only the boat. "Full screen" is
actually misleading, since the widescreen edition
is the only one which indeed shows the full
screen. So I would certainly recommend the
Wow, I suppose so. I saw Ocean's
Eleven on my friend's full screen DVD and I
never saw the shark at all.
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