Has anyone actually watched either Forbidden Hollywood set yet? Every single one of these has been reformatted for 16:9 displays.
to be kidding. Have you tried a different player or your computer's optical drive? I can't imagine Warner Archive would eff up on such a colossal scale.
The night before we watched MoC's BD of Ruggles
. The player reproduced the correct AR with no display adjustment (default setting is 16:9), as it has for every BD in the collection. The computer-based system (which has since disappeared due to a Lion/XP incompatibility and an upgrade to the latest version of the Mini w/o an optical drive) also had no problems with varying ARs. I should add that approximately 75% of the collection (around 1200 titles) are Academy ratio or less (1.2:1, etc). This is the very first time I've experienced this. Sure, I can adjust the display or the player/software to force the full display, but everything previously has always come up in the AR specified.
ADDENDUM: Just tried it in the iMac with VLC. On that machine, it starts in 1.37:1 without modification. That's truly peculiar. So I went back and tried again with the Momitsu and the Panny plasma. Same result as before. Plugged in the Ruggles
BD and it opened in the correct ratio. But...
I then plugged in the Ruggles
DVD and it came up stretched for 16:9. I've never seen that before with SD DVDs. So it apparently is some sort of issue with the Momitsu BDP-799 and DVDs but not BDs. The Momitsu offers 4 choices for the display AR: 16:9, 16:9 pillarboxed, 4:3 P&S and 4:3 letterboxed. I've just started using this as my main player after the Mini upgrade and I just realized that this is the first time I've used it to play a DVD. Up until now, it's always been BDs - two nights ago the Gaumont BD of French Cancan
played flawlessly. It appears that for SD DVDs, one needs to set the desired AR before playback. Sorry to alarm anyone.