Disney+ will slash your HDTV’s black bars via IMAX Digital update

Why limit yourself to a 21:9 ratio when select Marvel Studios films were framed (at least in part) in the taller IMAX Digital format? Get ready to see the difference thanks to this week's Disney+ update.

Enlarge / Why limit yourself to a 21:9 ratio when select Marvel Studios films were framed (at least in part) in the taller IMAX Digital format? Get ready to see the difference thanks to this week’s Disney+ update. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images | Disney)

Disney+’s next major app update, coming to all devices later this week, continues the service’s latest efforts to please nitpicky A/V obsessors: a new screen ratio format, meant to fill more of your HDTV screen in a way that filmmakers originally intended.

Specifically, “IMAX Digital” is coming to all devices that support Disney+ starting this Friday as part of the service’s “Disney+ Day” promotion. This “17.1:9” format will land exclusively on 13 Marvel Studios films to start, and it coincides with the streaming premiere of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings—a film that skipped Disney’s experiment with simultaneous launches in theaters and on Disney+ earlier this year.

The full list of IMAX Digital-compatible films coming to Disney+ later this week:

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