Grab 2 TVs, relatively the same size. It doesn't matter how old the TVs are, just as long as a modern DVD player can be hooked up to it. Set them side by side with as little space between them as possible.
Press play at exactly the same time on both DVD players. Now, on your remote, press the Zoom button. If this button isn't on your remote, it's probably in your DVD players resolution settings. Adjust the zoom to X4 on both players. Then, press the left and right arrow keys to shift the frame to the left and right sides of your TVs.
Congrats! You've just saved a few thousand dollars by making a wide screen TV! Although there is a bar in the middle of the action, the money you've saved is definitely worth it - Especially if you're a starving college student.