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Glossary of terms used in DVD reviews

Aspect Ratio

This refers to the ratio between the width and height of the screen.

For example, the aspect ratio (AR) of a (standard definition) TV screen is 4:3. The AR of an HDTV screen is 16:9.


Bumpers are the short scenes right before or after a commercial break in a TV show. Frequently bumpers inform viewers that the program "will return after these messages" or that the show has now returned.