You are absolutely right, Don! Some women look much better on the strech mode! It is true that the FORWARD key cycles through all the display modes, but you have to start in the TUNER mode and use the INPUT key if you want the FORWARD key to work with any of the video inputs selected directly via the VCR1, VCR2, and DVD keys. Anybody knows why they set it up like that?
"Full" is the "Stretch" mode you refer to. This is for anamorphic DVD's -- it stretches 4:3 video horizontally to fill the 16:9 window. The video is not altered vertically.
If you have an interlaced DVD player, and watch enhanced/anamorphic DVD's, they are presented in the correct aspect ratio when you set the TV to "full" mode. Many folks who don't like the gray side bars stretch all 4:3 material to fill the screen this way -- after a while, you get used to the distortion.
"Fill" is the "zoom" mode you refer to. This is for letterboxed/matted DVD's and television shows (like ER). This mode expands the video horizontally and vertically to fill the letterboxed video on the screen. You can also use it to zoom 4:3 material while keeping the correct aspect ratio -- if you have a good signal, baseball is nice zoomed in this mode.
If you have a progressive DVD player, the screen modes do not work. You need to get a DVD player that performs scaling. Do some searches on the DVD hardware forum for info on scaling DVD players.
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