Anamorphic DVD encoding

Anamorphic transfer as seen on a 16:9 "widescreen" TV (full resolution is available) Letterboxed transfer, shown unzoomed on a 16:9 "widescreen" TV (note the active image area is the same pixel width as the letterboxed transfer as shown on a 4:3 TV): Letterboxed transfer, shown zoomed up on a 16:9 "widescreen" TV. Note the loss of detail--slightly fuzzier compared to the anamorphic transfer:
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Anamorphic transfer, shown on a 4:3 "standard" TV with the DVD player set for a 16:9 TV (tall&skinny): Anamorphic transfer, shown on a 4:3 "standard" TV with the DVD player set for a 4:3 TV (lines are subsampled): Letterboxed transfer, shown on a 4:3 "standard" TV. This is nearly identical to the anamorphic transfer shown on a 4:3 TV, depending on how the DVD player does subsampling for anamorphic images:
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