Questions tagged [aspect-ratio]

The proportional ratio of a video's width to it's height. Usually refers to these standards- 4:3, 16:9, 21:9, etc.

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Why is the 4:3 aspect ratio coming back?

Nowadays, especially in indie movies, the 4:3 ratio seems to be coming back. What are the reasons for that? Maybe nostalgia?
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Why are Black Mirror episodes in varying widescreen aspect ratios?

While watching Black Mirror season 3, I noticed letterbox bars on several episodes. When I checked IMDB for the technical specs, I found that: seasons 1 & 2 were all 16:9 (equivalent to 1.78:1, ...
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How does Regal's RPX format compare with IMAX?

In my area, I have four ways of seeing the movie Justice League: regular 2D, IMAX 2D, RealD 3D, and RealD 3D with Regal Cinema's RPX format. My question is, how does Regal's RPX format compare with ...
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IMAX ratio on 16:9 TVs

The film Sully was shot in part in IMAX or 1.90:1, but it was later cropped to 2.39:1 for Blu-ray. Would the IMAX ratio look funny on 16:9? I'm having trouble picturing it. I never have been good at ...
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History Channel aspect ratio

I was watching History Channel's 9/11 programming. Part of this was the 2006 film United 93. I wanted to compare what cuts had been made to the theatrical version, so I dug out my Blu-ray and popped ...
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Is 70mm really necessary? Wouldn't it work with 35mm too? [duplicate]

So I just came back from Dunkirk, seen in IMAX, 70mm version. I was digging around the internet with my question but only found religious answers (it's just better, can't describe it, you must see it)...
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Why the aspect ratio change from 4:3 to 16:9 to even wider formats?

It's a common trait of older movies to be shot in 4:3 aspect ratio. Found a list of 4:3 movies, they're all very old (like, before 1960s). Eventually, it became common for 16:9 ratios to be found. ...
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IMAX and Aspect Ratio

I understand that in most standard 35mm film the choice of filming in either a 2.4:1 AR or a 1.85:1 AR is up to the director. With that being said, very recently there's been some IMAX commercials ...
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Reasons to use an aspect ratio of 2:1

Some newer TV shows like "House of Cards", "Stranger Things" and "Transparent" are shot and mastered with an aspect ratio of 2:1. What is the reason for this? What are the benefits of 2:1, when TV ...
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Aspect ratio in home releases of films [closed]

2.35:1 or 2.39:1 aspect ratio is the current widescreen cinema standard and results in "black bars" on top and bottom of the screen when accurately displayed on a common monitor or television: 2.40:...
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Are some films filmed with a larger frame than all cropped versions?

There is a question about the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy and the aspect ratios it was released in: Why the very different release formats for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? The crux of the ...
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What is the point of selling in 2.35 format a movie recorded in 1.85 format?

I can see that the "E.T." movie is sold in 1.85 and 2.35 formats: Example of 2.35 format - Another example - And a last one Example of 1.85 format But seems to have been recorded in 1.85 ...