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3.0 out of 5 stars BD aspect ratio problem, 17 April 2013
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This review is from: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [Blu-ray] [1999] (Blu-ray)
This is a Blu-ray review. It looks like the picture has been stretch to 16:9 widescreen when the original ratio was slimmer, but wider than 4:3. I noticed as soon as I put it in, but can someone verify please? If it's true then i'm apalled. Fake widescreen is done by moron's who forgot the orignal purpose of widescreen.
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Initial post: 21 Apr 2013 23:41:32 BDT
I wish somebody who owns the Blu-Ray would respond! I'm also wanting to upgrade my DVD, but the potential aspect ratio problem has me worried. If I remember right, my US DVD also has a problem in the aspect ratio, wherein you end up with black bars above/below AND on the sides. What were they thinking??? And now they may have screwed up the Blu-Ray also?

I may end up upgrading regardless, since the Blu-Ray is supposed to have Portuguese subtitles. This would be great since my wife and in-laws are from Brazil and I'm always looking for more Blu-Rays with Portuguese. Can you please confirm this on your copy? And hopefully it's Brazilian Portuguese.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013 14:12:42 BDT
eastvillage says:
The black bars on sides as well as top and bottom just means its not formatted for anamorphic which is normal for dvds that came out at that time. What youll get with the bluray is an image that fills the entire widescreen tv but has been slightly stretched (stupidly) horizontally because the original aspect ratio is a little slimmer than 16x9. It defiitely has portugese and about 25 other languages.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013 14:15:16 BDT
Thanks for the confirmation of Portuguese subs.

In regards to the black bars on all sides of the DVD version, I don't ever remember seeing the same thing on another DVD I ever owned.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2014 23:00:31 GMT
David Craig says:
It does have Portuguese subtitles. I didn't check if that was for Portugal or Brazil.

The original DVD used a 1.55:1 ratio and the Blu-ray uses a 1.78:1 ratio. They just stretched it horizontally. Everything is 15% wider, which I find annoying but I'm getting used to it. The picture quality is about the same as the DVD. The sound quality is better, DTS MA 5.1
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