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Noah Lopez <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 12 May 2000 07:51:52 -0700
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> You would be surprised at how many people really hate letterboxing and will
> not buy the video if they see the term. They feel that instead of getting
> more visual information, that they are getting less due to the black bands.
> There was even a letter complaining about this to the Bergen Record in New
> Jersey this past month. When we get phone calls like this, we explain
> letterboxing to them and sometimes it works but many times they are extremely
> unhappy.

This past winter, my parents bought a DVD player, and asked me to hook it
up to their entertainment system for them. When everything was set up, we
put in some of the discs that they had purchased and they were absolutely
irate to find that these particular DVDs didn't have a "standard" option,
just the "widescreen" film. "We bought a DVD player specifically so that we
could see films without the black bars!" they exclaimed, oblivious to the
fact that 99.5% of all VHS cassettes are without the black bars.


> Neither term is copyrighted.
> Dennis Doros
> Milestone Film & Video
> PO Box 128
> Harrington Park, NJ 07640-0128
> Phone: (201) 767-3117 or (800) 603-1104
> Fax: (201) 767-3035
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> Website: <A HREF="">http://www.milestonefil
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