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The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD is slightly cropped when compared to the previously released 1.66:1 LaserDisc. The geometry of the DVD is more accurate than on the LaserDisc, which appears ever so slightly squeezed. Images often exhibit nice sharpness and detail, though some scenes are a bit on the soft side. Still, compared to the LaserDisc, the DVD picture always exhibits improvements in sharpness and color fidleity. Edge enhancement is noticed on occasion, but artifacts are minimal. Colors are dated, and blacks are weak and undefined. Visual information tends to get lost in the darker scenes, but overall the picture should surely please. Source element artifacts are apparent throughout. Compared to the previously reviewed DVD, this special edition DVD looks very similar, though images appear to be more solid. (Suzanne Hodges)
I want to see product reviews of home theatre equipment that non-millionaires can afford to own. Reading articles about $50,000 home theatre setups is admittedly rather fun but, in practical terms, the info is really useless to me. While Darling Wife and I make a decent living, there's no way we can spend that kind of money on a home theatre. What I also really like and want to see: Practical advice articles that help people who are at least minimally technically competent to assess their needs and assemble a home theatre. That is, a periodic (yearly? twice yearly?) in-depth look at points to consider and equipment to buy to assemble a good high definition home theatre. Ideally, it would examine several total package price points. If you're willing to spend $10,000, here's what we recommend in terms of equipment and how to connect/install them. If your budget is smaller, here's what we recommend. If your budget is somewhat larger than $10,000, do this instead. Yes, I know you have your reference systems section each month, but an explanatory article would be nice, too. Finally, keep us up-to-date on the development of high definition DVDs and DVD players. This is what I'd like to see.