letterbox definition

  • noun:
    • See mailbox.
    • A format for providing flicks on tv that preserves the rectangular movie theater picture on a television screen by reducing the total picture before complete width can be seen, leading to empty space above and underneath the picture.
    • a mailbox
  • verb-transitive:
    • To produce or present (movie) in a letterbox format.
  • adjective:
    • utilized in home video formats while protecting the initial aspect ratio, having black taverns above and below the image location.
  • verb:
    • To move a widescreen motion-picture to residence movie formats while protecting the initial aspect ratio, with the placing of black taverns above and below the image area.

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