The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits generally good quality, though the picture occasionally looks older than it actually is. Images can be nicely detailed on occasion, but are most often softly focused. Colors are generally well balanced, with nicely rendered fleshtones, though blacks are weak and undefined. While contrast is quite good, visuals in the darker scenes often lack definition. Film grain and artifacts are evident. There are minor distractions in the way of pixelization and edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)
I am most interested in the formats (audio) of DVDs. I buy a DVD, and then it is re-introduced in a deluxe package some time later. I am not that interested in the extras, but the DVD is invariably upgraded in sound. This is usually DTS ES surround but in some cases DTS ES 6.1 (discrete). Most reviews (Home Theater, Stereophile Guide To Home Theater, Sound And Vision) do not address this situation. I am subscribing to Widescreen Review, hopefully, to solve this problem. I am looking forward to my first issue and a long relationship with your magazine.