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Hiding the Boom Mike.
    
Scene with boom mike clearly visible
and tracking Dennis Farina.
MGM panned the image lower to avoid
the intrusive boom.
The widescreen version masks this area and the area below the desk.
There is more picture at the left and right side of the screen. The boom
mike is out of the frame.

The boom mike between  Dennis Farina
and William Petersen.

Again, MGM panned the image lower 
losing the boom mike.

The same scene in it's correct aspect ratio masks off the boom mike. 

If I had my way, I would have panned down further to show the two tv sets as there is a whole lot of nothing above Dennis Farina's head. See right for a mock-up.