If you stretch, lift weights, and eat right, you should not be soft.
Mike is right on. The quality of using an anamorphic is dependent vertically almost entirely on the vertical scaling, horizontal on the quality of the lens. Buy an great processsor like the Radiance Mini, and a good anamorphic lens, and set it up right, at the right throw, the A lens close to the primary, and tilted at the right andle and you should get a great non soft picture with some minimum pincushioning hidden by a tad overscan. Use the zoom method, and ditto, but not as much light nd not as many vertical pixels, so perhaps some less vertical detail. Both methods can be implemented well and the zoom method is considerably less expensive> But its only money. You can't take it with you.