One: I believe I have my terms right. Two: Seems like this would have been asked before but I searched and came up with nothing.
I have an older DVD, Hitchcock’s Vertigo, a 1:85 AR movie that on a 16:9 TV displays right and left bars as well as the expected upper and lower black bars. This means when played on a 4:3 TV you only get the horizontal bars, but on a 16:9 TV you get them all around.
…This aspect ratio should fit the 16:9 screen like my other 1:85s, but I assume it doesn’t because this is an early DVD and non-anamorphic.
My questions: Is there a simple way to alter the IFO’s with a program like IFOEdit to stretch the video anamorphic-ly? Or does the video need to be cropped, which it seems would just be a waste of my time since I can just pick up a new DVD for $20. (BTW my knowledge of video editing is pretty low…limited to simple VOB and IFO editing.)
A bonus question: After successfully altering the IFO’s or cropping the video is the resulting video quality theoretically degraded compared with a factory anamorphic DVD?
Hope this made sense. Thanks,