When most people realise that to procure the 16:9 print from the original 4:3, they had to zoom it to a lossy and resolution losing horrorbag, chopping off the top and bottom of the screen that contained information the director wanted them to see, I rather think they wouldn't prefer the 'widescreen version'.
If they had given us the original 4:3 like in the region 1 set, we would have had the option of letting our widescreen TV's zoom it or, as aficionados of image quality like myself prefer, watch it as the creators intended. It was a complete and utter madman that let them butcher this - and it is merely designed to fool people that don't know any better into thinking they have something better than the region 1 set. Which they don't. I knew before purchase they had done this, the only reason I got this set was that it was so much cheaper, but after seeing just how bad the claustrophobic zoomed image is, I will be grabbing the R1 set at the first available fair price I see it for. Believe me, this is not a good thing.