I just bought my LC-42D62U a couple of days ago and struggled with this at first too. Then I discovered I just needed to change the aspect ratio to 16:9 on my DVD player. It was set for the standard aspect ratio of my old tube TV. Once I did this everything looked great. Leave your Sharp's view mode to the default setting. Hope this helps.
My new Sharp LC-42D62U TV is connected to a DVD player with an HDMI cable.
Since the TV is framed in a 16:9 aspect ratio, I would like to view 16:9 DVD's without stretching, zooming, or adding side bars to the picture.
Is there a way to turn-off the View Modes so that I can view DVD's in the aspect ratios they were meant to be seen, rather than distorting the picture by using one of the four View Modes (Stretch, S. Stretch, Zoom, Side Bars)?
I have tried Disabling the Auto View Mode through the HDMI setup menu
option but this did not resolve the issue.
I have also already spoken to Sharp customer service reps over the phone and via e-mail and they were all unhelpful.
If I cannot view 16:9 DVD's in the apsect ratios they were meant to be
viewed I think that this is a MAJOR design flaw in this TV and I would be very unhappy with my purchase.
On a related note, the manual states that HD programs can be viewed by
Dot-by-Dot resolution. How can I access Dot-by-Dot resolution through the menu?