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Widescreen cinema mode

When watching a dvd in cinema mode on its own accord returns to black bars top and bottom of the screen.i find this very anoying .please help.

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Make sure the DVD player is set to 16:9 screen mode.

If you still get the bars at the top & bottom, then its probably because the DVD was filmed in true cinema widescreen, (21.7:9) whereas the TV is only 16:9.

There may be other settings on the DVD player to expnad the picture out, but you will either lose the edges of the picture, or it will be stretched.

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