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5.0 out of 5 stars ' Widescreen ' version, 21 Oct. 2006
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This review is from: From the Earth to the Moon (Tom Hanks HBO Signature Edition) [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
For some unknown reason Amazon do not point out

that this box set is the ' Widescreen ' version.

I believe the original release was '4:3 ratio '

but this version is ' 16:9 (1.78:1) '

which I would imagine most people would prefer.

It is a very Up market Classy looking box set

using the ' Digipak® ' system which at least prevents

dvd's from rattling lose in postage.

If you are into the Apollo missions then this is a must buy product.

Stunning images will blow you away
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Initial post: 15 Jan 2009 23:46:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2009 22:09:11 GMT
When most people realise that to procure the 16:9 print from the original 4:3, they had to zoom it to a lossy and resolution losing horrorbag, chopping off the top and bottom of the screen that contained information the director wanted them to see, I rather think they wouldn't prefer the 'widescreen version'.

If they had given us the original 4:3 like in the region 1 set, we would have had the option of letting our widescreen TV's zoom it or, as aficionados of image quality like myself prefer, watch it as the creators intended. It was a complete and utter madman that let them butcher this - and it is merely designed to fool people that don't know any better into thinking they have something better than the region 1 set. Which they don't. I knew before purchase they had done this, the only reason I got this set was that it was so much cheaper, but after seeing just how bad the claustrophobic zoomed image is, I will be grabbing the R1 set at the first available fair price I see it for. Believe me, this is not a good thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2011 20:10:41 GMT
Anonymous says:
I think you're overreacting a bit, it's just a few lines from the top and bottom, which certainly doesn't make it lossy. Sure, it might not have been the best choice, but for most the Region 2 DVDs have the distinct advantage of being able to be played on their DVD player. Kind of outweighs any aspect ratio qualms you have...
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