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Widescreen to full screen

New movies only come in widescreen format can I switch my dvd to play in full screen mode

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Re: Widescreen to full screen

You can but it'll just come out in a larger widescreen picture. if the DVD is widescreen then that's how the film was formatted. and theres no changing it.

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