Most widescreen movies are 2.35:1--not 16:9, therefore a large amount of black will appear on top and bottom of image. However, if there is just a couple of inches of black, then most likely the movie is in 1.85:1 ratio which is slightly smaller than 16:9. 1.85:1 was the most popular image size after theater movies changed from 4:3 (old TV size) to a wider screen. 2.35:1 was the change to CinemaScope screens--giving a more panoramic image. Check the DVD case and see what it says. If it simply says Widescreen, then you might get 16:9 or 1.85:1 or most likely 2.35:1.