Just got a 16x9 HDTV and have been testing various dvd's on it. I have a progressive scan dvd player and have set it up for 16x9 video in the menu.
1.85:1 movies fill the entire screen (no black bars), however, some dvd's which even say "enhanced for widescreen" still have the black bars. I think they are in the 2.35:1 format.
Is this normal even on a 16x9 screen? I know I can use the "stretch, zoom, expanded" format changes on my hdtv to fill the entire screen, but this sacrifices picture quality.
I hopefully assume that playing a dvd for three hours at a time with the black bars in place will not harm the set (burn-in).
It is just annoying to me that you go out and get a 16x9 tv and then the dvd producers further manipulate the format such that you still have the black bars which was the reason you prematurely bought the HDTV in the first place......to get rid of the damn bars. Then they tell you the black bars will harm the picture if you use the TV for that purpose more than 15% of the time.
I guess I'm ticked because all of my "shoot-em up" action movies are 2.35:1 and my anamorphic 1.85:1 collection consists of titles such as "A Beautiful Mind". Great movie, but not necessarily the choice of dvd's to wow your audience with picture and sound!
Thanks for the input.
P.S.: Has anybody out there tackled the "red-push" problem on the Mitsubishi's? Any input or suggestions on making my transition into HD easier would be greatly appreciated.