What Can Brown Do For You? (jeremyb) wrote,
What Can Brown Do For You?

This is funny

From Home Theater Forum comes this little lesson in widescreen movies vs pan n' scan movies:

I ran into a fella in Best Buy a couple months ago who was complaining to an employee in the DVD section about WS movies and how they're inferior to 4:3 and pan&scan because you're losing the top & bottom of the picture. She (the employee) was trying to explain the benefits of WS, especially 16X9, but he wouldn't have any of it. The guy asked me which I preferred so I defended the employee's statements and went further to help explain more of the finer points of 16X9. But to no avail. This continued for about 15 minutes or so.

I finally got tired of listening to him bellyache about it so I asked him if he had a dollar bill, and if so, may I see it. After a few seconds of mental calculations (and a raised eyebrow from the employee), he opened his wallet and handed me a dollar bill.

I held it up so he could see the whole dollar and said "Widescreen". Then I carefully folded it into thirds and ripped off the two outside sections. (At this point, there was a sharp intake of breath from J6P and a slight giggle of delight from the employee.) I handed it back to him and said, "4:3". Then I handed him the two pieces I tore off and said, "Move them around for pan & scan".

The employee dropped the DVDs she was holding because she was laughing so hard at that slack-jawed little rat just looking at me with his mouth hanging wide open.

I don't know if he ever got the point of the lesson, but it cost him a dollar nonetheless.

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