Can someone explain this cropping vs. OAR issue? (1 Viewer)

sjpvt

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Hi,
I am an HDTV newbie (in fact, my new HDTV is arriving Monday :D ). Anyway, I have seen quite a bit of dicsussion on here regarding VOOM cropping some HD movies, as opposed to showing them in OAR. Does OAR stand for "original aspect ratio?" I am not sure if I understand the point of cropping these movies. Aren't these movies in an aspect ratio when shown in theaters that is essentially the same as HD format (16:9)? What does Starz accomplish by cropping?
 

CAJUNCLICKER

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Dec 18, 2003
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Depending on how the film was shot, the aspect ratio could be wider than 16:9. If you ever see a DVD that states "Enhanced for Widescreen" that means that they cropped the movie to fit. If you also look at the back of a DVD you'll see the actual ratio in relation to 1. 16:9 is = 1.78 Some movies are above 2.0
 

sjpvt

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Ah....I see. Then if a movie has an original ratio of 2, in order to avoid cropping it on a 16:9 HD display, they would have to have black stripes on top and bottom. Is that correct?
 

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