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15th Mar '18 3:27:40 AM Twiddler
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16th Feb '18 5:00:57 PM BreadBull
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Although there was some consumer resistance to the format in the early years, it has now become virtually the norm for home video, and to wish for pan and scan instead is the mark of a rube dumb enough to spend the same amount of money for up to 33% less picture. Many newer movies released on home video actually make use of that dead space, having captions and subtitles appear in the black bars rather than within the frame itself. Even without such considerations, there are a number of commercials and TV shows that are formatted for letterbox presentation because it gives them a classy look like a big-budget feature film.

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Although there was some consumer resistance to the format in the early years, it has now become virtually the norm for home video, and to wish for pan and scan instead is the mark of a rube dumb enough to spend the same amount of money for up to 33% less picture. Many newer movies released on home video actually make use of that dead space, having captions and subtitles appear in the black bars rather than within the frame itself. Even without such considerations, there are a number of commercials and TV shows that are formatted for letterbox presentation because it gives them a classy look like a big-budget feature film.
film (most movies are shot in 21:9, and so we associate things shot in that aspect ratio to be all movie-like).
23rd Oct '17 12:21:56 PM AnotherGuy
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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9; movie projectors have a scrim that block the upper and lower parts of the frame. Some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creature's sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.

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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9; movie projectors have a scrim that block the upper and lower parts of the frame. Some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer when shown in 4:3 on television because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creature's sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.
23rd Oct '17 12:21:14 PM AnotherGuy
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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9. Some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creature's sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.

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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9.16:9; movie projectors have a scrim that block the upper and lower parts of the frame. Some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creature's sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.
23rd Oct '17 12:19:16 PM AnotherGuy
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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9. However, some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creature's sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.

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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9. However, some Some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creature's sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.
23rd Oct '17 12:18:29 PM AnotherGuy
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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9. However, some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creature's sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/Moonstruck'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.

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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9. However, some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creature's sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/Moonstruck'' ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.
23rd Oct '17 12:17:44 PM AnotherGuy
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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9. However, some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creature's'sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/Moonstruck'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.

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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9. However, some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creature's'sneakers creature's sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/Moonstruck'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.
23rd Oct '17 12:17:26 PM AnotherGuy
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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9. However, some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/BloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creatures' sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/Moonstruck'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 versions actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.

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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9. However, some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/BloodWatersOfDrZ'' ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creatures' sneakers creature's'sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/Moonstruck'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 versions version is actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.
23rd Oct '17 12:16:16 PM AnotherGuy
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It gets wilder when some films are shot in 4:3 knowing that they'll be exhibited in 16:9. However, some films like ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' suffer because some of the effects are spoiled, infamously with the "bike chain" visual gag showing the container has a false bottom. ''Film/BloodWatersOfDrZ'' had the same problem where the fish creatures' sneakers could be seen. Some films like ''Film/Moonstruck'' are shot in 4:3 knowing they'll be in letterbox on the screen and 4:3 on television, meaning the 4:3 versions actually superior and no PanAndScan is needed.
8th Jun '17 1:47:16 AM Az_Tech341
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This term refers to a method of fitting a widescreen movie to the AspectRatio of a TV screen (usually converting 16:9 to 4:3). This is done by shrinking the original frame until its width matches that of the 4:3 frame; the side effect is that the movie's ''height'' is now considerably less than that of the TV screen, resulting in black bars at the top and bottom forming a "box" around the film (it's rather like watching the film through a mail slot or "letter box", hence the term). Naturally, this is less of a concern with films that are not too wide to begin with -- say, 1.85:1 -- or on modern TV sets with wider 16:9 screens.

Some movies came to VHS with letterboxing employed only on the opening and end credits, since presenting those sequences in PanAndScan would have resulted in some actors' or crew members' names becoming obscured from the viewers. The studios occasionally tried to make the shift less distracting by replacing the black bars with patterns similar to the background of the ArtisticTitle or the CreativeClosingCredits.

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This term refers to a method of fitting a widescreen movie to the AspectRatio of a TV screen (usually converting 16:9 to 4:3). This is done by shrinking the original frame until its width matches that of the 4:3 frame; the side effect is that the movie's ''height'' is now considerably less than that of the TV screen, resulting in black bars at the top and bottom bottom, forming a "box" around the film (it's rather like watching the film through a mail slot or "letter box", hence the term). Naturally, this is less of a concern with films that are not too very wide to begin with -- say, 1.85:1 -- or on modern TV sets with wider 16:9 screens.

Some movies came to VHS with letterboxing employed only on the opening and end ending credits, since presenting those sequences in PanAndScan would have resulted in some actors' or crew members' names becoming obscured from the viewers. The studios occasionally tried to make the shift less distracting by replacing the black bars with patterns similar to the background of the ArtisticTitle or the CreativeClosingCredits.



Although there was some consumer resistance to the format in the early years, it has now become virtually the norm for home video and to wish for pan and scan instead is the mark of a rube dumb enough to spend the same amount of money for up to 33% less picture. Many newer movies released on home video actually make use of that dead space, having captions and subtitles appear in the black bars rather than within the frame itself. Even without such considerations, there are a number of commercials and TV shows that are formatted for letterbox presentation because it gives them a classy look like a big-budget feature film.

to:

Although there was some consumer resistance to the format in the early years, it has now become virtually the norm for home video video, and to wish for pan and scan instead is the mark of a rube dumb enough to spend the same amount of money for up to 33% less picture. Many newer movies released on home video actually make use of that dead space, having captions and subtitles appear in the black bars rather than within the frame itself. Even without such considerations, there are a number of commercials and TV shows that are formatted for letterbox presentation because it gives them a classy look like a big-budget feature film.
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