Not sure where to post this so here goes. I got my fanclub "evening with Geoffrey Bayldon" dvd last week but it has a technical error. The interview footage is obviously 16:9 format but the widescreen switching flag that should be on the disc is not on the interview although it IS on the menu. So if your tv is set to AUTO or similar, as it should be if you want to watch vintage 4:3 shows in their correct ratio rather than being stretched on the screen, the MENU will fill your widescreen tv but as soon as the interview footage begins you get an anamorphically squeezed 16:9 image squashed into a 4:3 box. In order to correct this I have had to make a copy of the disc. Once the disc is copied to the PC I can manually add the 16:9 flag to the interview file so that everything plays correctly. Thought whoever makes the discs might want to check this out before sending anymore. Great content though.
If your tv is set to 16:9 already so that everything appears widescreen, even if its old 4:3 material then this error won't show up
Alan - when you watch the disc make sure your setup is displaying 4:3 material in that ratio and not stretched or zoomed. That way the menu should fill the screen but the moment the interview begins it switches to 4:3 but you'll spot everyone is squeezed up. The error can be corrected by changing the aspect ratio of your tv to 16:9 or possibly another setting.
If you don't watch 4:3 material on a regular basis (and I'm sure you do) it's easy for the aspect settings to be changed by mistake, sometimes with a single unnoticed press of a random remote control key. Just wanted to be sure
Following on from the technical errors experienced by phelings with the 'Evening with Geoffrey Bayldon 'disc, if anyone else has purchased a disc and is experiencing the same problems please email me. email@example.com
Send me your original disc (not the dvd case) and I'll send you a replacement.
To be fair its only fussy old gits like me that would likely mention it. The error was not disc specific so is likely to be on all copies but possibly anyone else that picks it up might be happy to manually switch their tv to 16:9 to correct it so its not as if its impossible to watch properly. I see people watching 4:3 stretched to 16:9 which annoys the hell out of me but they don't seem to mind so I expect the same people will be happy to watch 16:9 squashed to 4:3. Fabulous disc content though. Thanks Vince (and Alan for the replacement)