Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Hey, what's them black bars on my TV!

For those Luddites (sorry Sheila, I couldn't resist!) out there who aren't up on such things, Terminus has a nice two-part explanation of widescreen video releases and their implication for TV. I'd disagree with him about the worth of widescreen being used on such shows as ER and The West Wing; I like the widescreen compositions, and I'm willing to have a smaller image on my TV to get a wider shot. But he provides a pretty good explanation of what's going on, including a reminder that not all movies should be shoehorned into widescreen aspect ratios (like Casablanca and Singin' In The Rain).

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