I guess that I am old fashioned in that my TV is a very square rectangle and I prefer movies in full screen format. Imagine my frustration when I found that both Netflix and Blockbuster Online rent movies in wide screen format almost exclusively. When I emailed a customer service rep about the lack of choice, I kept getting a changing story, from "That's how the movies are provided to us by the studios" to "our customers prefer wide screen."
From the Netflix Help Center:
Q: Does Netflix carry the widescreen and the fullscreen version of a movie?
A: You can view the formats available in the box on the top right of the movie page. If there is more than one format available, the more link will appear, and the Details tab on the movie page will have the full listing.
Often the widescreen and pan-and-scan movies are on opposite sides of the same disc. In this case, you can choose to play your preferred format by flipping the disc over.
Sometimes a movie is manufactured as two discs, one with the widescreen movie and the bonus features, and one with the pan-and-scan movie. In cases like this, we ship only one disc, to keep costs affordable. Most of our customers prefer the widescreen with bonus features rather than the plain pan-and-scan disc, so the other disc is not entered into our rental inventory, and is not available to rent.
Occasionally the bonus features are on the disc with the pan-and-scan movie, in which case that is the movie we will ship.
Do you prefer widescreen or fullscreen movies?