Disney decorates over aspect ratio problem

Disney launches Disney View
Disney launches Disney View

Disney has come up with an inventive way of getting round the 4:3 (1.33:1) ratio problem on Blu-ray – by adding decorative bars on the sides of its movies.

The 70th Anniversary edition of Pinocchio, out today, is the first to get this treatment, which Disney is saying will 'expand your viewing experience beyond the original aspect ratio of the film!'

Disney View

The new 'Disney View' is only available on blu-ray versions of the movie and replaces the normal black bars you get when watching content with a 4:3 aspect ratio on a widescreen television.

For those who want to watch Pinnochio as Disney originally intended, the decorative bars can be replaced by plain old black ones.

The Disney View option has been created by animator Toby Bluth, and consists of 16 sets of still images that run throughout the film. Bluth has defended the added decoration, explaining: "There aren't any panels that distract from the film. They are like theatrical set pieces framing the action."

While the new-look may enrage film purists, it has to be better than using a pan-and-scan option to watch the film.

On another note, according to the British Video Association, Pinocchio is officially the one thousandth Blu-ray to be released in the UK.

Via Home Cinema Choice

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, Shortlist.com at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.