Just bought a 42" Sharp Aquos LCD HDTV, and am disappointed with a few "issues." One is that there is no an acceptable (to me and my wife) choice of viewing modes for "nomal" 4X3 TV shows. Both "Stretch" modes make most people look ludicrously fat, "zoom" cuts off the tops of their heads. And "Sidebar" puts the old black bars on the sides of the picture where, for some unknown psychological reason, they are MUCH more objectionable (to us) than the top and bottom bars on a letterboxed movie. Is there no "Variable" option that can be used? Is there no firmware mod that can be implemented to let me chose something in between the extremes (slight stretch with slight crop and small black bars, for example)? Or are we just too picky? In this and several other respects, this set is a step BACKWARD form my 12 year old Pioneer, which had an odd ball aspect ratio halfway between 16X9 and 4X3, but turned out to be a pleasing compromise for viewing 4X3 material, and had a "stretch" feature to make the black bars smaller on widescreen movies, but with no discernable distortion of the picture elements. For $1600, do we get to be picky about this? I think so.