Besides all-in brawling
amongst the alphabet,
letterboxing is also one of the two technique
s by which
is brought to the small screen
The entire picture is reduced in size so as to fit
across the television
in black areas above and below.
This is the preferred method for artsy-fartsy movies because none
of the cinematic grandeur is lost.
The black bits make the perfect spot for subtitles too.
Opposite of pan-and-scan.