.. and it was hell. A buddy of mine borrowed LOTR from his father and brought it over the other night. We're both waiting on the 4 disc set in November, thus the reason we don't own our own copies. Anyway, we had a little BBQ with our wives and plopped down around 10:00pm to watch this movie. As soon as the warning came up - you know what I'm talking about - I knew I was screwed. "Modified to fit my... what the?! You brought a FULL SCREEN movie over to my house?!" Turns out his dad doesn't believe in widescreen. I can't wait to talk to this guy, he'll be a widescreen nut when I'm through with him whether he wants to or not. So I did my bitching and moaning routine, but when all was said and done, my friend REALLY wanted to watch this film again. Of course, the TV was set to stretch & crop 4:3 material - I don't use the 4:3 mode - which made it that much worse. People's heads were huge, scenery looked like it was way too close, etc. I tried to fall asleep a couple of times to escape the agony but I was quickly awakened to ensure I "didn't miss any of it" . Incidentally, my buddy said the movie "rocked" on my TV. Apparently, he didn't notice the little pan & scan demons laughing in the background. I'm thinking I should re-evaluate our friendship. Reminder: Next time someone offers to bring a DVD over, let it be known right then and there that it absolutely must be widescreen or we're not watching it. Much easier to say "no" when the offer is made than when everyone is comfortable and the movie is starting.