Really disappointing response to this thread. It's as if we're the only 2 people who own these sets.
One problem has come up - from the get-go, I've had this nagging suspicion that there was something up with the aspect ratios because I only get black bars on DVD movies wider than 1.85:1. Digital-sourced programs like Finding Nemo and Once Upon A Time In Mexico are formated 1.78:1 (or 16:9 native) and would fill the screen, but 1.85 material also fills the screen.
I made up a diagram in Photoshop showing the 16:9 outline of the screen and where 1.85 and 2.35 SHOULD line up and it doesn't seem to be happening quite right. My suspicions continued when the blue-skinned girl in Padme's entourage at the beginning of AOTC was cut off the left side of the screen, so I did a test...
At the beginning of Underworld, the Death Dealers are on top of some buildings observing the street in the rain. Water drips off Kate's hand and she looks across to the other guy who has a camera. We cut to a POV shot of what he see thru the lens and there are grid marks, etc. visible which provide some useful landmarks.
Now, I took the DVD home and looked at that shot in PowerDVD and took a screen grab with Hypersnap-DX and printed it out. Because HypeDX doesn't compensate for the animorphic mastering, it's a little smooshed, but it shows the outside edges of the frame. In the lower-left are two diagonally stacked rectangles and on the lower-right is a readout "f: AUTO". Beyond these are ground-glass corner marks and a border that runs around the frame.
On my 51WS550 being driven by a Zenith XBV342 DVD/VCR combo via component cables, the left side of the screen cuts along the left edge of the top rectangle and the right side crops the lettering down to read "f: AU". I calculate that approx. 10% of the width is getting lost. WTF?!?!?
What's the fix for this? This can't be normal, can it? HELP!!!!
Also, I poked around the Service Mode for about 10 minutes and could find the friggin' Red Push (AXIS) setting. How the hell do I set this. Step-by-step for non-tech instructions would be greatly appreciated.