Robert Comsol wrote:
A mediocre flat screen that has no controls to allow a 1:1 pixel mapping display (inevitable to make sure you the see the optimal picture resolution) / to allow its owner to switch off the overscan, will crop off extra areas the DP of "Sins of the Father" wanted you to see, that's correct. But that's a problem of the consumer who made an ill-fated purchase decision.
The overscan area is not a safe invisible area. It can be fully visible, partly or not visible, since already back then every TV set/video format handled that differently. The director has to shoot like it is fully visible, but he is allowed to place objects there, that are not necessarily important, but this area cannot be shot like it is about to completly cut away. Everything else is a wrong decision.