I maintain that anyone who still believes Buffy was originally shot wide or '4:3 protected for 16:9' and has seen the UK DVDs or the endless supply of UK DVD screencap examples is obviously one of two things - blind or ignorant. Why? The simple fact that it's just too hard to swallow the idea that the DP of the show could shoot with such obvious errors if it's supposed to be 'protected' for widescreen ratios. That would be too sloppy and an insult to the talents of the DP who wouldn't make such glaring mistakes if it was ever meant to be viewed that way any time down the line. Most, if not all current prime time shows are shot for both 4:3 and 16:9 viewing and have no issues such as set people in the frame edges, production equipment, in-camera effects being ruined by the reveal, or the ridiculous extreme of revealing the edge of the film itself making the image look like it has either a one-sided border or a 'periscope' look. It just boggles the mind that people still think it was ever meant to be seen that way.