Making Sense of New Movies That Change Aspect Ratios

It’s safe to say that home theater enthusiasts and even casual viewers hate black bars – those pesky slabs of nothingness that rest above and below the action taking up valuable HD real estate. Even before the advent of HD and its 16:9 standard, viewers have had to contend with bars. Back in the day of 4:3 CRT displays, black bars top and bottom meant you were seeing the entire picture even though you were giving up a third to sometimes half of your screen’s resolution to bars to do so.

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