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What are anamorphic DVDs?
When TVs were all somewhat square shaped, there was no need to worry about fitting an image on more than one type of screen. With the introduction of widescreen TVs, the need arrived for a new type of DVD. This is where anamorphic DVDs come in.

A normal non-anamorphic DVD containing a widescreen movie would have black bars on the top and bottom when viewed on a standard TV. However, you would see black bars on the top, bottom as well as both sides on a widescreen TV. You could use a stretch mode on the TV to expand the image to the left and right edges, but that would decrease the quality.

An anamorphic DVD uses pixels that are not square. Instead, an anamorphic image is tall and skinny when stored on a disc. The player then becomes responsible for formatting the image correctly on your screen instead of the disc.

On a standard TV, the image is squashed vertically so it looks normal on the screen. On a widescreen TV, the image is expanded horizontally so it also looks normal. This way, both TVs can take advantage of the most resolution DVD can offer. Simply set up the DVD player for the type of TV you have and it will do the rest.

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