Interestingly I do come by many people who thought that acquiring a 16:9 ratio monitor will eliminate having black bars above and below the content on display. 🙂 In reality, the black bars will be there even with monitors of such ratio .
It’s always the same, “no more black bars when watching movies” – bullshit man, absolutely nonsense.
The most common myth-mongering happen to be done by companies promoting their products of that come with 16:9 screen. sales people, printed material, web ads and whatever else that talks about the product. And these are not small companies, these are BIG NAMES in the industry!
Here are some of them – and when I say BIG NAMES, I mean BIG!
Source : Microsoft
Source : Sony
Personally I feel that these myth-mongers are so BACKWARD, I mean c’mon la, movies have long left the 16:9 ratio. I don’t even know if these big guns actually know what they’re talking about.
If they’re not backward then they’re clearly just preying on the ignorance of people, which is why this article is here!
Ok, I’ll give credit to Sony for using the word “often” there, at least they’re not claiming it to be totally without black bar. Now the question is, would you buy a blu-ray movie to play it at 16:9 just to eliminate black bars but lose out the other details?
Fact of the matter is that only content that are specifically done in 16:9 ratio would result it 100% usage of the screen (read : no black bars) but in reality movies today are in aspect ratios wider than 16:9.
Of course you could setup 4:3 or 2.35:1 ratio content to fully occupy 16:9 screen if you don’t mind the distortion.
Here’s a good read about Aspect Ratio
Let’s look at some examples that I captured, viewing some of the movies I have on a 16:9 ratio monitor. These aren’t your 2009 releases either.
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Oh dear, what do we have? The closest 16:9 we have here is Chicago, which was a 2002 release.
Look at 300, a 2006 release – it’s not even 16:9 already. Why on earth are people still going about telling others about 16:9 and how good it is that it eliminates black bars?
Accept The Black Bars
On a 16:9 screen, you’ll have black bars on the left and right side of the content. Shows wider than 16:9 would result in black bars above and below the content.
In reality, there’s no escape from the black bars. In my opinion, it’s too petty a matter to pursue elimination of.