The feedback on the Lumagen has always been very positive from all of the mentions I have seen on here. I'm fairly sure the Lumagen can crop an image in the fashion you are describing. Home theater enthusiasts are usually interested in preserving aspect ratio and intended shot composition, so I don't recall this use case being discussed. I find pillar boxing to be a non-issue and much less noticeable than letterboxing. Mainly because, unless you are width limited, maximizing for height makes all formats as large as they can/should be. Unlike a letterboxed scope image where it is much smaller than it should be. Masking the pillar boxes also helps to remove any thoughts of unused screen space if that bothers you. Still whatever makes you happy. The Lumagen is a great product and should be able to get you where you want to be. I'm sure an owner will chime in with a definitive answer.