It was recently mentioned in the Software Forum (where some of this has also been posted) that An American Tail and An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West will be presented, on disc, in open matte/P&S only (other upcoming releases from the studio, detailed in dedicated threads here and there, were also named). If this is so, allow me to say (and please reference the latter portion of these comments for much-deserved praise of Universal in other areas) that I am very disappointed that these charming theatrical pictures (the latter of which features a wonderful vocal performance by James Stewart) won't be 16x9 formatted OAR. The direct-to-video sequels are, of course, correct in 4x3, but the theatrical films are not. Universal also released Balto to DVD in open matte/P&S only, and that title was OAR on laser (I'm unsure about the American Tails). I won't buy MAR (modified aspect ratio) releases, and by issuing these "fullscreen," Universal also deprives us of the resolution gains in 16x9 formatting. I give the studio great credit for finally issuing Babe not only in 16x9 widescreen, but with a commentary by writer/producer (and director of the sequel) George Miller. That's a great release. I'm not as bothered by the forced trailers as some; there are forced trailers in a movie theatre, too. You can fast forward through them (or at least I can, with the jog wheel on my remote). 16x9 + commentary = praiseworthy. But now, after failing to offer Balto in a definitive form, the two theatrical American Tails are looking as if they'll be short-shrifted as well. That's a shame. I'd have purchased both in 16x9, even without supplements, but certainly will not buy them, or anything else, "modified to fit 4x3 screens." I enjoy Universal's product, and the studio was a tremendous force early in the DVD format (their SEs, while steeply priced, set a standard in their day, and their Ultimate Edition offerings today continue to impress). Their recent double and triple-feature discs have also set a wonderful standard, in this case for price-friendly, quality classic film presentations on disc. I very much hope to see those lines continue (they include, to date, terrific works from the likes of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Burns & Allen, and others). I'm very vocal in my praise of what Universal has done, and continues to do, right, and in some cases continues to do better than just about any other studio. But if we haven't established that every theatrical film deserves an OAR release, and a 16x9 formatted one (for all films that are intended for wide presentation; the pixel count says that 16x9 formatting benefits anything wider than 1.5:1 or so, if I recall, but in practical film terms that means all movies 1.66:1 and wider) to properly use the potential of the format ... well, we have established that, and the first point (OAR) was actually established by Criterion by the late 80's/early 90's. I hope Universal revisits these fine animated films in the future, 16x9 formatted: 1. An American Tail 2. An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West 3. Balto 4. The Land Before Time And live action gems such as Fierce Creatures, as well.