i do not want to start a debate as to the director's intent here..this is merely a PQ observation after fooling around with the 4:3 Kubrick dvd remasters, and especially the Shining. On my Panasonic RP91 i zoomed in and reformatted the picture to 16x9, getting close to what people would have seen in theaters (i think)..anyway, the composition looked perfect, but what struck me most was how UNBELIEVABLY GOOD the picture quality was. This is a nonanamorphic dvd ZOOMED IN that looks amazing, and much better than most anamorphic dvd's i own. The color balance, black detail, and overall fine detail was immaculate. Is this just one of the best mastered dvd's around, well compressed, or what? Overall it was the fine detail and lack of any noise that struck me (usually zooming in will introduce some artifacts). Whatever they did, they should do for all dvd's The detail looked semi-HD, which is remarkable for a 4:3 dvd. (fyi, my tv is a RCA F38310).