Netflix Has Been Cropping The Hell Out Of Your Movies

Netflix Has Been Cropping The Hell Out Of Your Movies

One of the most important film innovations in the last twenty years was the DVD. Before DVDs, it was really hard to find a movie in the proper aspect ratio: Most VHS transfers cut the movie in half, essentially, because it was cheaper, and much of the movie was lost. So the fact that everything is in widescreen now means Netflix is just streaming the proper image when you fire up a movie, right?
Nope. Not at all. In fact they are going out of their way not to.

The recently launched blog What Netflix Does offers some examples of what amounts to some truly awful cropping. Here are just two examples:
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