16:9 format on TV.... why not fill whole screen?

Quick simple response please.... just bought Rambo and Batman Begins on blu-ray format to view the quality detail on my 42 inch plasma.... why is it that even though I have a widescreen TV it reduces the size image on both top and bottom of screen with black borders? Some films do and some don't but it is annoying when you have spent a lot of money on a blu-ray film and you get a smaller picture!

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Have a look at the actual aspect ratio on the back of the Blu-ray case.
If it's higher than 1.85:1 (16:9) then you will still get bars at the top and bottom.

Do you have a " Centre Cut Out" option?

If there are no borders on the left or right then doesn't that mean that the film isn't 16:9 aspect ratio? More like 16:8 or some equivilent?

Most DVDs etc are a 2.35:1 aspect ratio as this is closer to what you see in the cinema, this is when you get top and bottom black bars, some are effectively zoomed and cropped to 1.85:1 which is the aspect ratio of a widescreen 16:9 TV.

Most film fans prefer the 2.35:1 AR as it is truer to the original and you don't miss anything happening at the edge of the picture

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Predikuesi;2538776

Do you have a " Centre Cut Out" option?


No idea... I have this TV with a PS3... comet.co.uk/sho…tvs

Does your TV or PS3 have a zoom function, I don't have a PS3 but most DVD players have one

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check the manual. Bound to be a manual zoom option where you can increase the horizontal to fit the screen (of course you will lose some of the vertical edge).

Or watch in the dark and you won't notice the bars

barneydog;2538858

Most DVDs etc are a 2.35:1 aspect ratio as this is closer to what you see … Most DVDs etc are a 2.35:1 aspect ratio as this is closer to what you see in the cinema, this is when you get top and bottom black bars, some are effectively zoomed and cropped to 1.85:1 which is the aspect ratio of a widescreen 16:9 TV.Most film fans prefer the 2.35:1 AR as it is truer to the original and you don't miss anything happening at the edge of the picture



correct sir, and to the guys saying use zoom, yes it may get rid of bars but looses quality overall but you knew that right.
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