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1.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray must NOT buy, 12 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
Love the Stones; love the concert; hate this blu ray (and the DVD for the same reason).

It is NOT 16:9 (1.78:1) aspect ratio it is 2.35:1 - the description on the case is incorrect.

Great big black bars top and bottom because they couldn't be bothered to change the aspect ratio from the version shown in cinemas.

Already a rip off - which we put up with time after time because we love the Stones, but this is cocking a snoop at the fans and an insult too far.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2013 21:55:35 GMT
The original cinema aspect ratio of 2.35:1 is correctly featured on this disc (albeit not shown correctly on cover).
If this was released as full height 16:9 widescreen (no black bars top and bottom of screen) details would be missing from top, bottom and sides of image.
Try zooming in using your own tv remote control to minimise or remove black bars and see what i am talking about.
Why is this a rip off if released exactly as it was filmed?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2013 11:47:52 GMT
JB says:

If something is labelled 16.9 then I expect it to be 16.9, especially because that is what I prefer.

There would be no need for top and bottom black bars, just a 12% linear excision from each side, which would only lose the very periphery of shots. In return you get almost 1/3 rd more screen fill with associated improvements in scale and detail.

This was the version the BBC showed in their highlights programme which I - and I'm sure many others prefer.

At this price the blu ray could have offered us a choice of aspect ratios to suit all tastes, even your rather odd one which you seem to wish to impose on the rest of us.

ps - if you were expecting 2.35:1, which you hold in such high esteem, and it was advertised as such, but you only got 1.78:1 then perhaps you too would have been disappointed.

Happy watching!

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 03:03:12 GMT
Leo Valk says:
I guess it's a personal thing JB. You like 16:9, while I am really happy to watch the 2.35:1, I actually prefer it as it produces the great atmosphere only cinema delivers! Apart from that I wouldn't want to miss out on parts of the film... Also you can use the aspect or zoom setting on your tv either your dvd/blu-ray player. No reason to rate this one star!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2013 12:24:33 GMT
JB says:
Like others you've missed the point - it's advertised as 16.9 and says 16.9 on the label but it's 2.35.1. One star for not being what it's advertised as. Whichever you prefer is of course personal taste.

Also no amount of aspect / zoom adjustment on a remote can satisfactorily re-present 2.35.1 as 16.9; try it.

Posted on 9 Dec 2014 23:26:31 GMT
Oh dear someone`s not too bright, cinema aspect ratio with all the detail anyday over a chopped off at the sides 16:9 ratio ............ you`ll be complaining about most movies next ! . . .. . ha ha

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2014 11:52:22 GMT
JB says:
Well I've got a first class degree in Maths, four major professional qualifications and am a director of a very large organisation, but I'm sorry if you think I'm not bright by your standards.

Actually, insulting people just because they don't happen to agree with you isn't a sign of intelligence or, indeed, wisdom.

Aspect ratios are a personal preference - isn't everyone entitled to their own view whether you agree with it or not? A lot of people watch 4.3 originals on tv in 16.9, which would drive me nuts - but each to their own. If you took the trouble to actually read what I said, my complaint was that the product was advertised as 16.9 but was actually cinema aspect, so didn't contain what it said on the tin.

Also most movies you see on tv have been adapted for 16.9.
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