Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Pickering, Ont.
^ You are probably right. I hardly ever watch non-anamorphic DVDs anymore. And in the days that I did, it was on my Sony RPTV using a Panny player that *doesn't* display non-anamorphic WS like this; it displays them across the whole 16x9 screen, but they are all scrunched up vertically only, and they have a mode that specifically adjusts for that so didn't look so bad (compared to the Oppo->Pio). I shouldn't have said...
I guess I don't know what others are used to seeing when they watch non-anamorphic DVDs, my sense is probably warped. Thanks for letting me know though, I really do appreciate it. You can get into a rut from how you're used to seeing something, and when it's different it looks "wrong".
Edit: part of the problem why things don't look like from the Panny player is the Oppo output setting. It behaves a bit funny with this format when you have it in Auto. It detects the 4:3 video and displays accordingly. So do my other two players in this system (PS3/Seiki) so it's not just an Oppo thing. The Oppo works better in Wide for this case (rather than Auto, which is usually better). Zooming works OK except that icons and player info are cut off.
I have way fewer non-anamorphic WS DVDs than I thought, must have sold/given them away long ago, only a few sci-fi titles left, I had a hard time finding some after all. Anyway, yes, the Oppo at least does detect them all as 4:3 and displays them similarly to these topic DVDs.
So my fault, I didn't actually know how non-anamorphic WS looked with the Oppo/Pio (though I thought I did), seems these may be the only I ever played with this gear combo (in more than a year). The Sony/Panny setup, being component video, behaves quite differently with them (still hardly optimal though).
So I guess these DVDs are totally acceptable after all, if non-anamorphic WS is acceptable for a 2006 (CG) and 2009 (TPB) DVD. Well, at least I feel better knowing they are totally standard for the lower standard...I'll continue living with them (considering I've already watched them a few times...).
Amazing how much BETTER the old SD (for DVD) RPTV system looks with these non-anamorphic WS DVDs than the mighty Oppo upscaling the DVDs to the HD Pio panel...even the Oppo can do nothing with crap.
Still, it should not be obscured what a turd of a product the Alliance 2009 release of TPB S7 is (I am only giving CG S3 a tiny pass because it came out in '06 when 16x9 HD displays were not quite ubiquitous). We have a mixture of content that is 4:3 and anamorphic and non-anamorphic WS. Even the menus vary between discs. No QC, poor (but admittedly watchable) PQ. It is normally my policy to not buy Alliance movie DVDs (I get the U.S. version) strictly from old habit, but in this case no choice of source. Luckily this is the last one I'll ever need to buy since I'll never get another Canadian TV series on DVD, the two I like being complete and I've learned my lesson. Surely they won't put non-ana. WS on BD if I get any for new Canadian shows in the future? They might, I've seen plenty of it for movie extras on BD so if it's not unheard of and it's cheap, Alliance can be counted on to do it...yikes.
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Last edited by cfraser; 2010-08-26 at 08:51 PM.
Reason: Answered my own questions