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The World At War Blu-Ray

With a lot of money invested in restoration, the acclaimed World War II series comes to blu-ray in a set that certainly will be on the minds of history buffs this holiday.  But before you shell out over a $100 on this set, there are few things to consider.  First, the original aspect ratio of 4:3 (made for 70’s television) has been changed to 16X9 for widescreen viewing.  While that means you won’t have to put up with those black bars along the sides of the picture in your home theater, it also means that the footage is up closer than originally shot, bringing out grain, flaws, and cutting off parts of heads in the process and is “affectionately” known in the industry as “pan and scan”, which sends videophiles through the roof in outrage.   Continue reading

November 28, 2010 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , | Leave a comment