Patrick, I have the "Digitally Restored And Remastered" region 2 version, and all scenes are matted to the same ratio: when I view the DVD in 14:1 (1.55:1) mode, there is a a very shallow amount of letterboxing at the top and bottom. My Panasonic TX-28PL1 is set to 3%. It appears to be 1.66:1 throughout.
It would take major changes in personel at Warner for them to re-re-issue the film on DVD with an anamorphic 1.66:1 windowboxed transfer.
I think that the transfer is great. The lack of anamorphic enhancement does not weaken the transfer when view on my TV, but on larger TVs, it may, I cannot be sure.
If any Kubrick film needs a high-quality high-def picture and sound remaster, it is Strangelove. I can't believe that Columbia didn't remaster for the last reissue.
The problem is that WB (and MGM) STILL haven't "gotten it" that they can properly 16x9 encode a 1.66:1 film without 4x3 viewers being bothered by distracting pillar-boxing bars (the overscan on most TVs makes them invisible).
I won't buy this film on DVD for this reason. I won't watch it window-boxed on all 4 sides on my 16x9 display and I won't "zoom" it because I shouldn't have to crop the image and loose resolution just because the studio can't get it together. I'll keep waiting for this one and all 1.66:1 DVD transfers from MGM and WB...even if I have to wait for HD-DVD. Plenty of other studios doing 1.66:1 right to earn my cash in the meantime.