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8. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 7, 2009, 14:43 Aero
It's probably a decent trade-off. Since the big Panavision (or whatever) films are 2.4:1 or 1.85:1, you'd get substantial black bars on the sides when watching films that are 16x9, and a lot are.

Either way, you're looking at letterboxing or chopping of some sort. Because films come in all sorts of aspect ratios, you lose one way or the other. Given the option, I'd probably go a little wider though. You also have to keep television and other things in mind, where such wide aspect ratios might not be practical.

I bet there are all sorts of technical reasons too like cost of cameras, the ideal screen size for your average living room, and those sorts of things.
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