I recently compared "The Royal Tenebaums" DVD on both a 26" widescreen as well as on a 34" 4:3 TV. The movie aspect ratio is 2:40, and I measured the vertical height of the picture on both sets. The height on the 4:3 tv was 11.5" and height on the 16:9 tv was 10". Even so, the picture just "felt" bigger on the widescreen TV. I can't explain it, other than to theorize that it is an optical illusion. The size of the black bars on the 4:3 set were so large they seemed to make the picture look smaller than it actually was. I'm upgrading to a progressive scan TV and still haven't decided on a 4:3 set or a 16:9 set. I watch equal amounts of 4:3 and 16:9 material so the choice is difficult. I also have lots of non-anamorphic letterbox material which do NOT translate well to a 16:9 set.