Who are we to argue with the greatest film directors of all time? If Spielberg, Lucas, Lean or Scorsese wanted us to watch their work framed by black bars, they would have filmed them that way. Over 70% of all major motion pictures are shot in the wider cinematic aspect ratio typically between 2.35:1 to 2.40:1, meaning their width is 2.35 to 2.40 times their height.
Unfortunately, when displayed on typical 16:9 flat panel TVs and projectors, these beautiful, dramatic, and action-packed films are compressed to fit this smaller frame and sandwiched between two very noticeable and highly distracting black “letterbox” bars, which also represent a loss of brightness and resolution.
As you can see from the movie above, when Panamorph’s anamorphic lens systems are paired with a 2.40:1 screen and a compatible 16:9 HD projector, the full visual impact of what the film director meant for you to experience is now accurately replicated in the home theater. Panamorph lenses paired with HD projectors and 2.40:1 screens provide 80% more image area than widescreen movies shown on conventional 16:9 screens of the same height. Yes, you read that right – 80% more immersive, dynamic, and involving.