Suzanne- It is actually the other way around. Fullscreen DVDs chop off the sides, whereas widescreen gives you the entire picture as it was presented in the theatres. The reason for this is that in the past, most TV screens were square, while the movie is rectangular. So to make fullscreen, the movie is blown up, and the sides are cut off to make the movie fill the square TV screen. Because technology has advanced greatly, and most TV screens today are HDTV widescreens, not many DVDs have a separate DVD for fullscreen. Yes, I still get annoyed by the black bars on the top and bottom, but at least I know I am seeing the entire picture as it was presented in the theatres.
I still don't care for the widescreen DVDs-I don't care to see the characters lower and sometimes top parts chopped off-also widescreen gives the feeling that we should be peeking over or under the film to see what is going on. I've also noticed on different blogs that more people are saying that they would like to see the Twilight series in full screen-as seen on ComCast movies. You are not seeing the entire picture as it was presented in the theatres when the actors parts-and the scenery- is lopped off at top and bottom.
You are flat out wrong. In widescreen presentations, NOTHING is chopped. If you watched it side by side with the fullscreen version, you would see that the fullscreen does not offer any more vertical picture. In other words, you will not see a full head down to the feet in fullscreen and only up to the eye brows and down to the ankles in widescreen. That's simply not the way it works. It really surprises me that people are still confused about this.
Actually, I looked in to what Suzanne said, and for some DVDs (for example, 2005 Pride & Prejudice) the fullscreen does show a little more of the top and bottom even though the sides are chopped off. Widescreen shows the two sides, but lops off a tiny bit of the top and bottom.
I so TOTALLY agree with this statement. I have a huge flat screen tv and the picture is reduced to half the screen. So disappointing. I have always disliked widescreen. I understand the visual is expanded to see the whole scene but most of it is just scenery---who cares? I also feel it is harder to see the picture in front of you it seems so shrunken. Not at all like watching it at the movies on a big screen. I feel cheated as well. What can we do?
This might literally be the most uniformed and idiotic post I have EVER seen on this or any other site. Please don't post things complaining about something you are totally misinformed and wrong about. Full Screen chops off the sides of the picture while widescreen shows the whole thing. They both show the same tops and bottoms but Full Screen chops off the sides to fit it in old square TVs.
Watching a fullscreen DVD is like listening to a song without one instrument. If you want to murder a director's vision just to make it fit your TV, then go buy a DVD player with a zoom function. Don't demand that a studio modify art.
If you get a chance to see Twilight in fullscreen-you will notice right away at the beginning of the movie- you cannot see that Bella is holding a cactus as she leaves her home in Arizona. When she and Edward win the "Golden Onion" in class-you can't tell they have won the prize because its cut off the bottom of the widescreen-there are many things that add to the film-and story-that are chopped off-literally with the widescreen. The picture is chopped in half. Why doesn't widescreen-which is run on "old square TVs" show the upper and lower portions of the movie-it would fit in with the widescreen. The widescreens color is usually dark in comparison to the full screen movies. Even the movie rental stores agree with that. Widescreen seems like a stingier version of the movie.
We have a DVD player with a zoom function. We use the zoom-and the widescreen DVD is still much darker than the fullscreen version of the movies we pay for on the ComCast movies. In New Moon you can't see poor Bella running through the forest after Edward-or the wolf (Sam) who finds her in the forest-Edward in South America when he thinks Bella has died-and on and on-and by the way-nothing is wrong with our television. I've spoken to many people who are disgusted with the dark widescreen DVDs. I don't want anyone to modify their "art"-I would just like to be able to see it.
Are you watching the Comcast in HD? If you are then it might be clearer then the DVD. DVD's are not the best quality which is why is why I stopped buying them years ago and only Buy Blu Ray. I just can't beliieve that there are still uneducated people left in the world like you who can't understand the difference. Below are a links to a couple websites that show the difference between widescreen and full screen. There should be no difference in the darkness factor. If it is to dark it is your source. The higher definition one will show it exactly like it was meant to be seen, The widescreen version (like you see in theatres) shows all of the picture from top to bottom to left to right. Maybe you've never seen movies in theatres but you do realize that movie theatre screens aren't square right?
I agree. I didn't buy a 52" rear projection TV (10 yrs old/still works great thank you) to see movies reduced in size when they play on it. Now you can hardly buy DVDs that are full screen. And everyone I know who has a wide screen TV still ends up watching DVDs with areas blacked out on the screen. This can't be that hard of a technical problem to fix. When I have a choice, I buy the full screen DVDs.
OK, the aspect ratio of a movie theater screen is different from the aspect ratio of a 16:9 HD TV, thus the bars at the top and bottom of the screen. DVD's are almost always watched on a 16:9 HD TV. It seems that a simple solution would be format DVD's in a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Thank God! Finally someone with a brain! Why IS it that people can't understand the problems they are complaining about are THEIR fault? i.e. certain members of my family who shall remain nameless have old 25" CRT televisions and 1st generation DVD players and complain about movies in wide screen because they think the "black strips" (as they call them) are an indication of something missing. I tried telling them to think of it as being at the movie theater and pretend it"s the wall. Nothing's missing, it's just where the screen ends! They still complained that it didn't look right. Well yeah, come watch the same movie at my house with my state of the art Blu Ray, in wide screen on my 39" HDTV flat screen!! They complemented the quality and overall experience and wondered how the same movie could be so different. Hmmm. Well, because my TV and my Blu Ray are the proper equipment with which it should be viewed! It's called 2012-look into it!! When you view it on the proper TV screen (i.e. a WIDE, RECTANGULAR one and not their TINY, BOXY, SQUARE one), in HD instead of their crappy, dinosaur technology, on a BLU RAY and not an old DVD player, that combination of proper technology gives you the ultimate viewing experience and will give you the closest likeness to what you experienced in the movie theater. You see things in proper color, contrast, clarity and definition. It's how its meant to be viewed! But as long as THEY refuse to upgrade and keep with the times, educate themselves on technology and remain open-minded, they're just going to remain unsatisfied and NOTHING anyone-studio or otherwise-does will make them happy! I've heard a lot of talk about watching things on Comcast. Again, I'll use members of my own family as examples. When you're viewing things on BASIC cable (not digital cable) on an old CRT TV (not a HDTV) and it's small (not a WIDE SCREEN, FLAT PANEL) how can you expect superior quality? I remember when I got my first HDTV and we upgraded to digital cable. I turned the TV and was FLOORED at the difference! It was remarkable! Certain members of my family TRULY believe that there really isn't much of a difference, not enough of a difference anyway, for them to make the upgrade. BIG MISTAKE!! For anyone who still feels that way (about old vs. new technology in general AND/OR widescreen vs. flat screen) I invite you to go down to your nearest Best Buy, Circuit City or whatever and do a side by side with a CRT and a flat screen. See the difference, side by side, of high def vs. non-high def. See the difference, side by side, of wide screen vs. full screen. Once you've done that, I think it will be abundantly clear to you that you've been incorrect in your assumptions that you're missing something with widescreen, that there's a negligible difference between hi-def versus not. And you'll come to realize that viewing your movies on a SQUARE, small CRT TV was a MAJOR contributing factor to the problems you've complained about in your posts. Studios, producers, directors, etc. are making movies to be viewed with CURRRENT technology and if YOU aren't keeping with the times and are attempting to view it with technology from 10+ years ago YOU WILL NOT BE HAPPY WITH YOUR VIEWING EXPERIENCE AND IT IS NOT THE STUDIOS FAULT!!!!
@ Suzanne I COMPLETELY agree with you. Technology that is so intuitive these days that it should extend to include the full capacity screen of your preferred viewing. You may notice that the 'Jump to Edward' , 'Fast Forward Edward' from the Twilight Forever dvd/blu-ray boxed set does play full screen. If the production companies took the time and effort to offer full screen versions, I think they'd be remarkably surprised at the reception they would receive.
I agree that full screen is better. While widescreen shows the entire picture as it was shown at the theatre, it makes everything very small on the tv. I have a brand new rectangular tv, and when I watch a movie, most of the tv is black. Would much rather have it edited for a full screen.
No. Just...no. You have no idea of what you're talking about. Only people with tiny tvs mistakenly think like you do. Not all movies are the same aspect ratio. Ghostbusters, for instance, will still have black bars on a widescreen tv. That's because it's 2.35:1 widescreen, while tvs are 16:9 aspect widescreen or 1.78:1 aspect widescreen.