Ran - HD-DVD vs. R1 (Criterion) vs. R2UK (Optimum)

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The HD-DVD comes out favourably here, definitely a good deal better than the DVD's.
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Pity it has no bloody English subs :(. Is it the Warner or Optimum UK R2?

Agreed the HD-DVD looks the best, then the UK DVD, then the Criterion. The Criterion looks a bit of a mess, does anyone else reckon it's minutely sharper than the UK DVD? Even so it's bolstered colours look rubbish. I don't know why I went for it over the UK DVD (Warner at the time).

I understand the Optimum UK DVD is essentially the same but slightly sharper and has removable subs.

Thanks btw Lourdes.
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The HD DVD looks like shit. Almost certainly a PAL-master upscale, with the biggest difference from the UK DVD apart from compression being contrast.
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My thoughts exactly.
Edge-enhancement, contrast boosting, no extra detail in wide shots...
Seriously disappointing.
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There's a choice of the HD-DVD or the DVD's that look a lot worse. Simple one to make!
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Post by Shingster »

Or hold on to your DVDs - which in comparison to the HD-DVD don't look as bad as you're letting on - and wait optimistically to see if a better HD release surfaces in another region.
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Lourdes wrote:There's a choice of the HD-DVD or the DVD's that look a lot worse. Simple one to make!
Exactly! No one said the HD-DVD looked superb, just better. Although the UK R2 also looks good.

Lourdes: Can you add if it's the Warner or Optimum DVD please?
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The difference when actually watching it is significant, it's a long film and all the DVD's are one disk only without sufficient bitrate. The HD-DVD improves this to an extent, during the dark battle scene with all the flames, smoke, blood and bright uniforms the difference is very apparent. It's also a very grainy film, the HD-DVD doesn't preserve this very well but it does so much better than the DVD's where it's just noise and artefacts.
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Presumably the HD-DVD can be had relatively cheap as well?
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