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letterbox

The visual effect of black bars on the top and bottom of the screen when a movie with a wide aspect ratio is displayed on a TV that is not as wide. The black bars compensate for the reduced vertical height of the movie frames. This was a common experience on earlier TV sets if the movie was not reformatted for TV viewing (see pan & scan). The term "letterbox" was coined because the wide frame resembles the size of a letter envelope. See pillarbox, aspect ratio and anamorphic DVD.


Standard vs. Wide Screen TV
When a wide screen movie played on an earlier TV (left), the image was reduced vertically, producing the letterbox effect. (Image courtesy of Intergraph Computer Systems.)







Still Present on Modern TVs
Many major motion pictures are shot in full panoramic format with aspect ratios that are still much wider than today's 16:9 wide screen TVs. As a result, the letterbox black bars are still common.
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It's not the first time Wirral residents have raised fears of a robbery scam involving a woman shouting through letterboxes.
Mr Pallister said: "At some point the defendant dropped the knife, which had a blade of around three-and-a-half inches, through the letterbox, telling his father it was for his own protection."
Yesterday McNeill, of Wellmeadow Street in Paisley, pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm in that he shouted, swore, and acted aggressively, and posted a knife through the letterbox, causing Ms McEwan and other witnesses fear and alarm.
knocking on a door or going near a letterbox frightens the life out of me."
And now his owner is urging people to be careful of pamphlets, publications and flyers that get dropped through letterboxes.
Gwent Police said the fire caused damage to the letterbox and door but that the adults and children managed to escape uninjured.
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He said: "I've posted around 30,000 election leaflets over the years and I'm fully aware of the dangers of putting my hand too far through a letterbox.
If you have a garage, please use it and never leave your car keys on show through your letterbox or ground floor windows."
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And the network's forthcoming epic miniseries "Band of Brothers," from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, will also be available to HBO subscribers in letterbox.