The problem is aspect ratios. Your DVD player outputs a 480p signal at a 16:9 aspect ratio (width x height) that equals (16/9) 1.78 to 1. Movies are filmed in many ratios none of them are 1.78 to 1 most are slightly wider. So if your set your TV to normal you will have black bars on the top and bottom of your screen that vary in size depening on what ratio the movie was filmed, in full mode the content will be stetched vertically to fill the screen and in zoom the sides of the image will be cropped and the content blown up to fill the screen without distortion. I prefer the normal image with the bars, you get used to it. Examples can be found (athough they are with a 4:3 image just apply the same principal vertically) on page 66 of your manual.
Hope that helped.
I am brand new to HDTV or widescreens in general. I just bought a Sony KDF-55XS955 and love it, but I am having trouble mastering what format to view things in.
Naively, I assumed that they TV would know how to format things.
I have a high def (1080?) DVD player and it seems that no matter what viewing mode (normal, full, wide, zoom) that I use that the screen is somewhat stretched. I have tried several DVDs including Lord of the Rings, Finding Nemo, the West Wing and many others.
Is there a solution to this? If I lower the resolution I can go into normal viewing and do not get the distortion but then I lose my high def.
Am I just expecting something that I cannot get from an HDTV?