Originally Posted by brinyhenry
I have noticed it with some of the James Bond films however I don't think those films are technically windowboxed during the credits. I believe those films (along with the opening credits of Spartacus) having the appearance of windowboxing has more to do with the varied presentation formats films in the 1960's and 70's might be presented in. The credits are filmed in the most standard format however if a local cinema was lucky enough to have a Super Panavision or 70mm print you were given the full aspect ratio.
Most of the Bond movies were shot on Panavision anamorphic 35mm. None were shot on large-format 65mm film like Spartacus. The opening credits on Thunderball, Moonraker and a couple others (The Spy who Loved Me, IIRC?) are horizontally squeezed on the Blu-rays. They maintain the same top and bottom framelines as the rest of the 2.35:1 movie, but are compressed so that the sides are pushed in with some pillarboxing. This is very obvious on Moonraker, where circular imagery (such as repeated shots of the moon) appears oval rather than round. If you go into the "007 Mission Control" section in the supplements, you can find text-free versions of the credit sequences in their original unsqueezed ratio.
The squeezed credits are very distracting on these discs, IMO.
The opening credits on Lost Highway are not squeezed. They're simply shrunken down with black bars on all sides (like Wizard of Oz).