no one seems to want to admit that the lbx version is a comglomerate rip-off designed to make us throw away what we have, and buy the new fangled version. perhaps it's because of their admiration for messiah schmidlin, who knows.
I don't think anyone here regards Schmidlin as a "messiah", no more than you have an axe to grind against him. He claims he has research from people who worked on the film that it was shot to be screened at 1.85. Assuming these people and/or Schmidlin weren't lying, that simply can't be ignored, regardless of what you think about the full frame version. I don't disagree that 1.66 is better, though.
I am going to transfer my full frame tape of the '98 re-edit to DVD soon, so I will do some further screen caps if necessary, based on what Welles Fan provides.