Yeah, let me see if I can explain this one. I have noticed this before on a few widescreen movies (only the 2:35 format). The latest is the new extended version of the Two Towers, it is also on the original. Basically when watching the movie, I seem to see that the black bars are 2 shades of black. If I set my brightness down a bit, I do not see the difference. The weird thing is, when I set my brightness to Video Essentials, the 2 shades show up...when I darken it a bit, I can't notice. Really I'm just wondering what this is? I have the Sony 36inch XBR HDTV. Using Component cables with the Pioneer 563a DVD Player. Does anyone know what I'm talking about???