Okay, I'm going to retract my previous comment, I AM DENSE..LOL. All I can say is OH MY GOD (unless that phrase too is unconstitutional).
Took your advice and checked out the setup of my DVD player, sure enough it was set to 4:3, switched it to 16:9 and fired up gladiator and almost feel to my knees. I gained a full 3 inches of vertical picture!!!
Check out the difference, unbelievable (keep in mind the photos are a tad blurry, no tripod) Anyway, you'll get the drift.
First picture is 4:3 Full
Second is 16:9 Fullhttp://photos.yahoo.com/eilopez99
I always knew there was something funny but I really couldn't put my finger on it. Everytime I watched the beginning of Gladiator during the beginning text, it was always a bit blurry around the letters. No matter if I had it in Full or Wide Zoom (which has been the way I've been watching DVD's since I got this set) The wife always said that there was too much black on top and bottom and I told her (chest puffing out) that it's the way the directors make the movies, aspect ratio etc, etc. She would just roll her eyes. Now I just feel stupid...but in a good way. Just don't tell my wife : )
Looks like I'll be watching a bunch of movies this weekend. Nothing but thanks from this fellow 34XBR2 owner, thank you, thank you, thank you.