after months and months of going back and forth between an RCA 38" and a Philips 34", my wife and i decided to go the 4:3 HDTV route. The Hitachi 36" can be had for FAR less than either of the other two sets and gets generally great reviews. A couple of questions (since i have not been in the market for 4:3 in a while)... supposedly this set's anamorphic resolution is 810 lines instead of 1080. Is this going to be a huge problem for a 36" set? It has pulldown, btw. also, when watching progressive scan dvd's, how do 4:3 hdtv's handle the "second set" of black bars with 2.35:1 material? I don't like how my Sony Wega's "black area" during a 16:9 squeeze never matches the small black bars on 2.35:1 material, i find it very distracting. anyway i am very close to buying the set from a local hitachi refurbishing center. in a few weeks i'll get an HDTV tuner and a component switch since this only has one input. any help appreciated!