Letterbox format is a pet peeve for many of my relatives & friends...I agree with them in their opinions that artsy eggheads push this down movie goers throats. Letterbox may be great on the big movie screen but it leaves a lot of _______black holes______ for regular TV viewing. Many of the movies being "converted" to letterbox format have done so under the pretext that it opens up the scenes to greater depth or some such nonsense. If we wanted big black sidebars on our picture screens why are more of us getting larger & larger televisions? Maybe this is just a passing fad. I know many people who refuse to purchase letterbox format videos or DVDs & a few people even turn letterboxed format movies off ....that black bar annoys more people so I really don't get why we are seeing more & more of it.