Ok let me tell you what exactly happened. First time I noticed this problem was after I got my 9000es with Black Hawk Down. I plugged it in and had a letter box version of the movie squeezed. I.E. there were two sets of black bars. The outside ones were pure black while the inside ones were grayish black. I just figured it was the DVD until I plugged in the matrix, a movie i have had forever and watch it many times on 2 other dvd players. It did the same thing and never did it before. So I did some fiddling, made sure the dvd player is in 16:9/4:3 wide mode. Went back and forth from progessive to interlaced. When I was done trying to figure out what was causing the problems, the gray bars were gone, but the picture was still the same. Now there are black bars that are about 3" wide on the top and bottom, the picture looks good, but is just smaller than i remember it being when I did the squeeze before.
Now before I had a interlaced panasonic and now i have progressive sony, the dvp9000es and I don't remember the picture being so small. The 9000es is a player that was supposedly made for the tv that I got. 36xbr400. I mean the picture is clear as a bell, just small.
Could it be that the DVD player squeezes the picture then the tv does it also?
I hope I explained the problem well, if not, let me know and I will try again.