are the Full Screen scenes shots of the city???? If so, that's because the movie was shot for imax. I went to see the Dark Knight in an imax theater, and some of the shots of the city filled the entire screen, while the rest of the movie was in letterbox. GREAT movie going experience, btw!!!!
I actually found it annoying. I loved the Imax scenes, mainly of sweeping City scenes from the air, but found myself disappointed having to watch the next scenes in letterbox format. Couldn't understand why it was just left in Imax. There is no escaping with the digital copy either as the same thing occurs. Can't see how the wonders of Imax will blow me away on my iPod! Overall a good movie and quite impressive BD-live.
guys i love you all but quit your complaining to the people who dont like it.....This is the way it was meant to be seen. They specifically shot scenes with an IMAX camera first time it was ever done for a major motion picture........and i couldnt watch the thing in letterbox I like that it switches........Definetly worth it.......
I wonder if the switching between full screen and wide screen was what confused my Xbox 360, thus why it no longer works... Hmmmm... Things that make you go Hmmm... Since I just finished my Keg, I can cheerfully say that losing my Xbox 360, which I paid nearly a grand for when it first came out, is not that bad because I still have a bunch of those packaged games, that were included, still sealed! I can just give them to coworkers for Christmas. Who care if they are in their 50s and 60s?? It's all about the spirit of giving! Bah! I'm too drunk to think clearly. I really should just give the console to the son of a friend. It would make a nice addition to the dozen or so Xbox 360 consoles that he has gotten from random people during past Christmases.
This is the way the movie was shot and shown in IMAX theaters. I recall at the time I saw this on an IMAX screeen that I didn't understand why the aspect ratio kept changing, but the very first Gotham Uncovered focus point (the only real special feature on the first disc) explains that the IMAX cameras record 1:78 and the makers decided to film many of the aerial shots in this format as they would be much more impressive in the full IMAX screen.
This means that many theaters, and indeed the DVD release, have had the shots masked and do NOT feature the full image. Its pretty much the same as getting a widescreen movie in pan-and-scan format. It appears that right now the only way to get the whole movie for your money is with the Blu-Ray.
You paid nearly a grand for a $400 Xbox 360?? Are you stupid or something? Games didn't come with it either when it first came out. And watching Blu Ray on Xbox 360 is a smart idea. I'm sure you didn't see anything other than an error screen. You sir, have failed.
Excuse me Warheart,. When the 360 came out, you had to either sleep outside a bestbuy(which I did w/my girl friend) or spend $1000 with 1-8 games packaged through 3rd parties on Ebay. Plus at the time places like gamestop were offering bundles at first. I remember looking at amazon and seeing things like King Kong and other games released with the console you had to buy bundled. You still see it with the ps3 and wii. Go on ebay and you'll see people selling a system with a couple of unopened games. Anyway
I hate letterbox because when you buy 1080P TV with a bluray, surround sound, they should use the entire screen. If you were meant to see the movie in 2.4:1 then they should build TVs in that resolution. You're only going to get BURN IN with the stupid letter box. It ANGERS me to no end when I see letterbox
No matter what they make TVs, there are at least 3 formats of film (yea there's more: 1.78, 1.85, 2.35, 4:3 and I think I remember a 1.81 too) ANYHOW, if you bought a plasma, you may get burn in, I don't know. I bought a Samsung LCD and I watch everything in it's presented format, and I have not had a bit of burn in, even temporary, and my TV is a year old. My friend has had a Sony LCD that was a few years old that would get temporary burn ins, but it would go away.
As far as the topic is concerned, I wanted this on blu, but with the IMAX 'feature', I will be getting the DVD (would have gotten the 2 disc, but heard how bad that is). Of course, I'm waiting to get it used, I didn't think the movie was that great, but I am a Batman fan, and will watch it again.
Letterbox wont cause burn in. Blacks never cause burn in. And its called aspect ratio. The aspect ratio(s) used is the artistic choice of the director making the movie. With this release of Batman you are seeing the movie as it was created to be seen. Saying that all Blu-Ray movies should be made in 16:9 is like saying you think all DVDs should be made fullscreen when all you have is a crappy old 3:4 tube. To me I always felt like I was missing out on a lot when I saw movie on dvd that was cropped to 3:4. I just feel like I'm being cheated out of seeing the movie as it was really made to be seen.
No, it's not a Blu-Ray disc. If it was, it wouldn't play at all, obviously. Plus, I made sure I did not get the Blu-Ray version. And sorry, I didn't realize at the time this was a Blu-Ray forum specifically. I was drunk! Now that I'm not, I'm just POed over a dead xbox 360 I have after playing this movie, a widescreen edition; not blu-ray. (probably coincidental) Oh and Warheart, your rudeness and ignorance only describes you. My error over this exact forum and being drunk describes me. Enough said.
i think it's would be great if the studio made both 1.78/1.85 and 2.35 version both in the same disc with optional menu. i hate black bar on 2.35 version, but i still want to collect the original aspect ratio (2.35). hope all studio heard it !
Unfortunately, putting all of those versions on the same disc would cause alot of problems onto itself. Namely, they wouldn't fit. SO, the studios would either have to compress the movie more.... which probably would make quite a few people unhappy do to higher compression=lower visual quality. Although, they could compress the movie more using a different codec, that would still give very very good results, but that would require new boxes, i.e. disc players. I suppose that might be fixed with an update, possibly on the disc or as a download, but either way, that won't happen, because a different codec, would mean all kinds of devices, media players, so on and so forth could read and play the thing, or at least the files that are on the disc inherently.
So the other option would be to bundle several discs, which as we all know is already done for special features and such, but they would have to add yet another disc. Or start doing what DVDs originally did back in the day, and have double sided discs, one side was full screen, the other side was letterbox. But that would cost more money, and the movies would cost more.
I'll bet he was referring to the burn in warning for plasmas when you're displaying 4:3 on a widescreen and have GRAY BARS turned on. Panasonic plasma manuals warn the owners about Gray Bar causing burn in.