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January 23, 2009

Philips Cinema 21:9 aspect ratio 56" LCD TV

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Good news, bad news.

The good news is you can finally watch movies with a widescreen 2:39:1 aspect ratio without letterboxing.

The bad news is that everything that's not in that format — including HDTV broadcasts in their standard 16:9 — will as a result be letterboxed, with black bars on both sides of the screen.

On the whole, a step backward.

The next big step forward will be TV screens which themselves automatically change their dimensions depending on the program's aspect ratio, such that today's black bars become a quaint historical curiosity.

Stay tuned — but it's OK to put the remote down and use the bathroom 'cause that next step is happening "real soon now."

January 23, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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Speaking of movies? A bunch of us were watching the original Claude Rains version of "The Invisible Man" tonight, and I was totally shocked to discover that Griffin (the IM -- Rains) was not wearing any drawers when he took off his clothes to reveal his invisibility and scare the cop & patrons at the inn. The Invisible Man, going commando! Shocking. More shocking is, it wasn't me who first noticed it.

See for yourself (at around 6:20):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6a0I4K8UTo

Posted by: Flautist | Jan 24, 2009 12:06:09 AM

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