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Hello there, people are saying the Jersey Shore is taped in 16:9. this is known when watching it on the MTV's SD channel (we dont get the HD mtv yet)

THe DVD just came out, but people are giving unconfirmed reports of it being pillarboxed 16:9, ie postage stamp on their hdtv wide screens.

can anyone who bought this confirm before i go out and buy it?
 

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before i go out and buy it
For the love of all that is good in the world...why???
 

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1.85:1 aspect ratio is actually 16:9, but someone said they put it in a 4:3 frame, with black bars, the problem with this is if you watch it on a 16:9 TV, it does not stretch to fill the screen fully, and is pillarboxed

guys, please dont make stupid comments like 'dont waste your money on this' all in all, I am just trying to "CONFIRM" the aspect ratio, and cant buy it or cant rent it from where I am currently located, and wanted the help of some forum members or if their teenaged kids have it on DVD and you can verify it for me.

Thanks.
 

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have yet to fully understand why MTV can't release an anamorphic widescreen DVD. Maybe they simply don't have, or make, anamorphic masters, or maybe the cameras they use aren't good enough, I don't know. Anyway, this is a matted widescreen release, which means you'll have black bars surrounding the image on a widescreen TV.

Taken from: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/reviews/Jersey-Shore-Season-1/9999#ixzz0zSBVBCzs
 

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As I mention in my review of the set quoted above, there are some companies that don't do anamorphic widescreen transfers for whatever reason. I've never been able to find out exactly why that is, but I can't say I've ever seen MTV put out an anamorphic widescreen DVD set (unless it's a movie, of course).

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1.85:1 aspect ratio is actually 16:9
Not quite. 1.78 is 16:9. 1.85 will always be letter-boxed. And I can't believe I am going to suggest this, but can you buy the blu-ray and get it in glorious HD?
 

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the funny thing is, if you watch the episodes on MTV.com/ca they are shown in 16x9 aspect ratio in a NON-Mated format, ie they fill my lap top screen fully, no black bars. They must have asked someone who is VERY AMATEUR to do the DVD Authoring, because its very bad idea to have it in a 4:3 frame, with a 16:9 picture matted inside it with the black bars being part of the frame, that is stupid, especially since their material is true WS and it is very easy to anamorphic-ally squeeze it into a frame and set the Wide-screen bit to on, guess they wanted to save a whopping 10 bucks on DVD authoring.
 
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