|added Sun December 14 2003 at 11:26 AM
|I didn't realize until I'd gotten home that the new copy of X-Men 2 that I'd just bought was full screen. I always get widescreen, and I guess I just wasn't thinking when I grabbed it. It was, after all, rather late when I picked it up. Some un-named roommate emptied the dish soap without telling anybody, so when I found out at midnite, I had to run to WalMart, and figured I'd stop by blockbuster on the way to take advantage of their trade-in deal.
For some reason, most people don't understand the real difference between full screen and widescreen. Whenever they watch something in full screen, they complain that there are pieces chopped off on the top and the bottom because there are black spaces. In reality, however, the widescreen version has nothing cut off. The full screen, on the other hand, chops stuff off the left and/or right. Notice when the full screen starts, they have a notice that it has been reformatted to fit your TV screen? There is no such notice on the widescreen version, because the widescreen is the same thing they show in theaters (theaters have widescreens, in case you failed to notice).
The difference in watching full screen as compared to widescreen is the style of shots that are allowed. Watching in full screen, you quite often have half of the back of people's heads chopped off to make it fit. Any panoramic views are, obviously, chopped off, limiting the impact that the scenery can have. All in all, it turns a made-for-theater movie into a made-for-tv movie as far as the film shots are concerned.
I'll see if Blockbuster can trade me, but I doubt it. I already opened the full screen version, and I'm not about to pay more money just to get the widescreen.