Well, I hope you are wrong because I put this on order today! If you have a DVD drive in your computer you could grab a frame from it. Use VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ Just start the film playing, click pause, then go SNAPSHOT on the VIDEO menue.
It was filmed in Panavision, so only circles in line with the plane of best focus will appear round. Circular objects behind the plane will appear squeezed horizontally, and circles in front of that plane will appear squeezed horizontally.
I know I'm asking the most obvious of questions, but hey, you never know. If you have a widescreen set, did you make sure it was set to 16:9? Or, if you have a standard set, is your DVD player set to 4:3?
I have the correct settings on my player. The film looks as it has been squeezed. Olive Oyl only looks to have partial cheeks half of the time, as well as many of the characters. Whenever a person looks through a telescope, the "viewfinder" is stretched vertically. The final shot with Popeye in a circle is also stretched. Lamps have oval bulbs, not round, etc. It was shot in Technovision and I heard that sometimes there were problems with the lenses, but I'm not well read on that particular process.
I was just over at DVD Savant's page, and he's pretty well read on these formats, being an editor and all. He didn't see any real issues with this transfer, but he might be able to shed some light on this problem. I'll email him and see what he says.
G. Erickson is not very "technical" in his reviews, at least when it comes to HT and issues like that. He´s more like a "film reviewer". He´s sometimes listing specs like "flat widescreen" or stuff like that, when you could simply state the aspect ratio and "anamorphic" or "non-anamorphic". But good reviews!
Why is that amusing? Most theatres, regardless of age, are only set for either 2.35:1 or 1.85:1. Savant looks at this from an editor's standpoint, which means that if he's working with material on a Steenbeck (and he definitely has in the pre-Avid age), he's only going to see either 2.35:1 or 2.39:1 on a scope film, unless the studio has taken pains to matte the print and alter the aspect ratio, as MGM did with scope prints of Ben Hur.