Letterbox Format is a technical method that adjusts the width of a film with a widescreen aspect ratio. It does so to be able to show it on a narrower screen. This is done by shrinking it to the width of the replay screen.
The original aspect ratio of the material is preserved at the cost of a reduced replay size and characteristic black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. An alternative method is pan and scan.« Back to Glossary Index