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How important is it for you that movies are wide-screen?

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Submitted by Colm4 (10)
Very important 30% 14 Votes
I prefer it a bit more 23% 11 Votes
I don't really care about it 43% 20 Votes
I prefer square sized movies 4% 2 Votes

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47 Votes Total

Nov 25, 2010

Poll Replies (20)

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RustyJ (145) It usually goes hand in hand with HD so I prefer it more. It's also nice when viewing full scren.
11-25-10  01:22am

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Lionheart (47) if it's porn it doesn't matter, but if it's a movie from netflix I would like it in widescreen.
11-25-10  03:45am

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Drooler (218) I think it works better when things get "horizonal," so the wide screen concept works well for porn, IMHO.
11-25-10  04:44am

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Denner (233) Do not really mind the square sized clips/movies - but again those wide-screen clips seems generally to be more 'up-to-date' - and normally the quality goes with it, so yes: I prefer it a bit more....even with a 4:3 monitor - which I definitely prefer.
11-25-10  05:53am

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lk2fireone (194) I assume the question refers to "regular" movies, not porn movies.
If that's true, then it doesn't matter much to me whether the movie I watch is "wide-screen" or not. Some people seem to think there's a big difference in whether a movie is wide-screen or not, but I'm not one of them.

I watch movies, and porn, on my laptop. Maybe if I watched movies on a big-screen high definition TV, then it would make more of a difference.

11-25-10  06:52am

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mbaya (356) I like full screen even if the quality is a bit less.
11-25-10  07:38am

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Denner (233) REPLY TO #6 - mbaya :

Got some great viewing quality FULL SCREEN movies even in the so called squared sized outputs - so I guess it all comes down to what monitor you got.....
Love my 4:3 - and gave my wife the newest widescreen monitor to play with - I do not like them, at all....
It's 4:3 for this user, anytime.

11-25-10  08:06am

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tangub (151) Don't really watch enough movies on my pc monitor to care about it although would slightly prefer the 4:3 format as don't yet have a widescreen monitor. When it comes to watching regular movies on tv though definately prefer the widescreen.
11-25-10  09:19am

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pat362 (365) I usually look for the widescreen version because you get so much more than the standard letterbox version. Of course I'm talking mainstream movies and not porn. I'm not even sure if they make widescreen porn but if they do then my question to them would be...Why? It's not like there is going to be action on either end of the screen.
11-25-10  06:17pm

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graymane (29) Maybe I don't completely understand the question as it's meant to be answered.... but I simply don't see why anyone would want smaller over larger.
11-25-10  06:47pm

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #10 - graymane :

"Smaller" is a relative term, as widescreen can look smaller on a standard definition monitor, i.e. 4:3 aspect ratio. However a standard definition video can look smaller on a widescreen monitor (most likely an HD monitor), whereas a widescreen video would be full screen on this monitor.

Yeah it's confusing (especially when I explain it), but it really depends on the aspect ratios of the video and the display. A 60 inch standard definition TV from the '90s would make any 4:3 video look huge, even if it's not technically as large pixel-wise as an HD 1080p video, which would be a 16:9 widescreen ratio.

And people insist size doesn't matter! : - O

11-25-10  07:55pm

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turboshaft (24) I would answer "other" if it was an option but I say "I prefer it a bit more" since widescreen today usually means a true HD video or at least coming from an HD source (or in the ultra rare case, actual film).

Bottom line is I want to watch my videos in whatever aspect ratio they were originally shot in, even if that's whatever the cameraman or whoever happened to switch it to that day. Yes, even if I owned some ridiculously panoramic widescreen monitor I would still want to watch my SD/4:3 videos in their non-widescreen glory.

There are still a lot of great non-porn films in 4:3 that I would hate to see blown-up just so they could appear "fullscreen" on an HD display. Give me the black vertical bars if a film is 4:3 or the video is SD, please!

11-25-10  08:14pm

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Drooler (218) REPLY TO #10 - graymane :

Me neither, but then lots of sites have those iPod-formatted videos, too.

Besides, not everyone has jumped on the HD/widescreen bandwagon. Me, for instance. I've never felt the need to go that way. I still watch my porn on a standard tube 17-inch monitor, and it works well enough for me.

I figure that if some folks want to fork out the extra dough to view the stuff on a larger screen with better quality, that's not a bad choice if you're OK with that kind of discretionary spending. But we don't all have to fit into the same box.

11-26-10  02:54am

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slutty (111) prefer 16x7 for porn, just cause most of my gear is in that aspect ratio. For "real" movies it has to be widescreen, particularly with any kind of action or scenic movie. Pan and scan just doesn't work for me in those types of films.
11-26-10  10:55pm

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slutty (111) REPLY TO #12 - turboshaft :

not to start any kind of fight, but movie companies have been using aspect ratios larger than 4:3 for decades. I'm no film historian or anything, but I believe most movies starting in the 70s were shot in 2.4:1 panavision. I'm sure there are some films that have been shot in 4:3, but I doubt it is very many. Just because a movie was 4:3 when it originally came out on VHS or Betamax or whatever doesn't mean that was the aspect ratio that it was shot in.

You have it a bit backwards, in that most films were "pan and scanned" to fit the 4:3 aspect ratios of televisions, the widescreen releases of older films are not cropping the original film, they are actually returning to something closer to the orginal aspect ratio, it is the 4:3 film that has been cropped.

In fact Blu-rays of modern movies still have black bars on the top and bottom because they are preserving the original aspect ratio which is greater than 16:9. A full screen HD hollywood movie has likely still been cropped to conform to 16x9, although somewhat less than it would have to be for 4:3.

I looked around for a bit for a resource on this and this is the closest I could find:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)

They even note Ben Hur was shot in 2.76:1 - crazy-ass widescreen. doubt they'll be releasing TVs in that ratio anytime soon...

Sorry for the longwinded response, no disrespect, just trying to clarify.

11-26-10  11:10pm

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RustyJ (145) I should also add that black bars are a total "no". Taking away from the already limited (by today's standards) DVD image, there's too little left.
11-26-10  11:42pm

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kkman112 (12) Most LCD/Plasmas today are widescreen. Most screens 20 inch and above support 720 HD resolution. Most screens 22 inch and greater support 1080 HD resolution. LCDs are getting even cheaper with cheaper materials and as the cost of LEDs as back-lights comes down and brightness goes up they will continue the price fall and increasingly be used.

It's 2010... nearly 2011. Most sites today should have the HD option. What more can I say?

11-27-10  07:14am

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #15 - slutty :

You're right there are decades of 1.85:1 and similarly wide aspect ratios of films, but there are some 4:3 films (silent era) or 1.33:1. Later films widened a bit to 1.37:1 which looks very close to a SD fullscreen 4:3 TV so it gets confusing (1.37:1 should have a little bit of letterboxing).

Interestingly I remember a few widescreen "standard" definition TVs back in the 1990s before most consumers ever got wind of the coming HD formats. I guess the point of those sets were for the letterboxed VHS and DVD movies though TV signals and video games of the time would be boxed in with vertical bars--not much of an advantage if you ask me.

The number of different film formats is really crazy, though given a century of film it's understandable. Makes the number of formats in only a few recent decades of porn seem not so bad after all...until one won't play on your computer!

11-27-10  12:49pm

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RagingBuddhist (63) I guess I prefer widescreen because my monitors are widescreen. But, coming from the VHS age, viewing movies at a 4:3 ratio doesn't hurt me at all.
11-27-10  03:01pm

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BadMrFrosty (56) All of my TV's, monitors, laptops, phones etc have 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio therefore I would like to make the most of the screen real-estate when watching videos. Hate to see half the screen used for only black bars
11-28-10  08:11am

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