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Reasons to use an aspect ratio of 2:1

Apparently 2.00:1 is called "Univisium". 16:9 (1.77:1) is common for TV shows but films tend to have wider aspects - 1.85:1 or 2.35:1. Because they're used for films, they have a "...
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Why the aspect ratio change from 4:3 to 16:9 to even wider formats?

The initial motivation was to compete with television, after that it was more like an arms race The original aspect ratio for film was based on an arbitrary choice in the very early days of cinema ...
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How does Regal's RPX format compare with IMAX?

I think it's understandable that this would be confusing. Hopefully we can get it sorted out here. Exhibitor-Branded Premium Large Formats Regal's RPX is what the industry refers to as a "premium ...
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What aspect ratios are used in Oppenheimer?

According to IndieWire: According to IMAX, when presented in 70mm IMAX, the “Oppenheimer” sequences shot on 15-perf 65mm are printed full quality in their native format for the highest possible ...
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Which aspect ratios are used in Everything Everywhere?

IMDB lists these aspect ratios: 1.33 : 1 1.85 : 1 2.00 : 1 2.39 : 1 As for when and why they're used: Aspect ratio Movie usage Reasoning 1.33:1 Flashback scenes (e.g. the life story shown in the ...
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Which aspect ratios are used in Everything Everywhere?

According to this: The film adopts distinct aspect ratios for the various universes and time frames in the film, with 1.85:1 used for the scenes with the “normal world” and 2.39:1 for the core “epic” ...
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Why are Black Mirror episodes in varying widescreen aspect ratios?

As an anthology series, there are very few connections from episode to episode. Most episodes have unique directors and the show has purposely used different visual styles from episode to episode to ...
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How was Star Trek (original series) reformatted for 16:9 presentation?

I am not sure what you are talking about here: “There are HD digital remasters which fill a 16:9 HD frame.” According to this 2016 article from TrekMovie.com, the visual effects were done in 16:9, ...
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What aspect ratios are used in Oppenheimer?

Oppenheimer Formats Aspect Ratio Format 1.43 ↔ 2.20 IMAX 70mm and IMAX GT Dual Laser 1.90 ↔ 2.20 IMAX Single Laser and Digital IMAX 2.20 Non-IMAX digital and 70mm 2.35 35mm I will explain what ...
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Why was Gretel & Hansel released in the 1.55:1 aspect ratio?

Osgood Perkins (the movie's director) told the following to Polygon: How did the conversations with your cinematographer, Galo Olivares, go as you were figuring out the look of the film, ...
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IMAX ratio on 16:9 TVs

Here's a comparison: Red is 16:9 like an HD television. Blue is 1.9:1 like IMAX. Green is 2.39:1 which is what it was filmed at and what the Blu-ray DVD is displayed at. So for 1.9:1 you'd have some ...
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Are the home video releases of the Harry Potter films in the original aspect ratio?

The original theatrical releases are the definitive ones; digital releases in different ratios are common but are not usually what the director intended. The original theatrical releases in cinemas ...
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How to find the aspect ratio at which the movie was shot?

The trouble with IMDB when used internationally is it shows information pertinent to where that specific user logged in from, so we're unlikely to see the exact same information you do. I see two ...
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Are some films filmed with a larger frame than all cropped versions?

So, I think there is an important clarification that needs to be made about aspect ratios and movies. First, home exhibition and the 4:3 aspect ratio never influenced movie production and exhibition. ...
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Reasons to use an aspect ratio of 2:1

Perhaps, the producers of these TV shows just wanted to go away from the HDTV look. So did the producers of "Jurassic World", when opting for an aspect ratio of 2:1: Schwartzman, an anamorphic ...
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History Channel aspect ratio

According to IMDb, United 93 was released in 2.35:1 ratio. (but shot on 35mm which is typically 4:3 so framed for a wider screen and gives editor/director more choices on what to show later) Assuming ...
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Is 70mm really necessary? Wouldn't it work with 35mm too?

Number 3 is the big point. Yes, a full-frame camera and an APS-C camera both take pictures with a high signal-to-noise ratio on a sunny day in good light. That's not when and where most stuff is ...
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Aspect ratio in home releases of films

No, you can't. As Tetsujin writes in his comment: Movies are often released in several versions for home or commercial use. Watching 2.39:1 on an airplane's teeny seat-back screen, or on a tablet/...
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2.4:1 aspect ratio

No. The picture being sent to the screen is 1920x1080, ie 1080p, even if only a portion of that contains usable picture. Your 800 lines are 1:1 pixel by pixel to your 1080p screen's native resolution. ...
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Why am I seeing double pillarboxes on some TV channels?

OK, no one knows, so I did it the hard way. I watched various channels when my TV was told to show 4:3 content in 4:3 (not stretched in any way) and looked for known round objects (car wheels, clocks,...
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Are the home video releases of the Harry Potter films in the original aspect ratio?

Your question is difficult to answer. Why? Since it "lumps" all eight films into one "pot" when all of them were filmed over a 10 year period (2001 - 2010/11) by six different cinematographers. Each ...
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History Channel aspect ratio

35mm film has always had an aspect ratio of approximately 4:3. When widescreen cinematography became popular in the 1950s, it was achieved in a number of different ways. Films with a 1.85:1 aspect ...
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What is the point of selling in 2.35 format a movie recorded in 1.85 format?

I read a fascinating blog article at Premium Beat where the writer stated: The very wide aspect of 2.39:1 makes it appealing to so many filmmakers. Just about anything will look more cinematic or ...
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