that has been enhanced
is referred to as being anamorphic
. Different from normal widescreen presentation, an anamorphic transfer
the picture, so pixels
that would made taken up the whole vertical
portion of the screen instead only take up part of it. This makes little difference to viewing the movie on an ordinary low-definition television set
, but on a computer monitor
TV, it can provide substantially better vertical resolution
than a non-anamorphic DVD will.
More and more studios are beginning to release their DVDs in anamorphic format, largely because videophiles get annoyed with them when they do not.
(This term is not to be confused with anthropomorphic, which sounds similar but means something entirely different. :)