Eday, Is that upper screenshot from a 16:9 hdtv broadcast or is it from the 4:3 full screen dvd? I can't tell from the photo's. Either way, the reason you're seeing more on the top and bottom in that screenshot is because LOTR was shot in Super 35. That extra picture wasn't meant to be seen, it's just that it comes in handy when you want to do a 16:9 hdtv broadcast transfer or a 4:3 transfer because you're not losing as much picture off the sides as movies that were shot in actual cinemascope. Star Trek was shot that way, so there's nothing above or below the 2.35:1 image and more picture information has to be sacrificed off the sides for 4:3 and 16:9 transfers.