You Won't Believe How Much Netflix Crops Your Movies

By Peter Ha on at

Did you know that Netflix is cropping the hell out of movies? I didn't. But even if you had noticed, it's unlikely you realise just how bad it gets. A semi-new Tumblr called What Netflix Does has pointed out the extent of the trimming. And it's atrocious.

If you were born before, let's say, 2000, you're probably used to seeing the following disclaimer before the start of a movie:

This film has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit this screen.

Well, as you can surmise, Netflix doesn't give you any such warnings. Most everything is shot in a 16:9 aspect ratio, and it appears that Netflix is cropping the 2.39:1 image from the original frame to fill your television screen, which results in the following:

Original

You Won't Believe How Much Netflix Crops Your Movies

Cropped

You Won't Believe How Much Netflix Crops Your Movies

Original

Cropped

It's really bad, right? One thing to note is that the creator of the What Netflix Does Tumblr mentions that he jumps from region to region, which might explain why movies like Prometheus and the like are used as examples.

We've reached out to Netflix and studios for comment, but in the meantime, check out some more of the egregious croppings here. [What Netflix Does via Flavor Wire]