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I just picked this one up and am fairly unimpressed. This encode is likely an old one as it is MPEG-2 at 19 mbs and barebones with only a theatrical trailer. The opening shots (taken from the original) are fairly noisy but the rest of the film is better in this regard (although noise pops up sporadically). Fine detail is almost non-existent, even in close ups, and the shadows contain very little detail. One good thing is that it has little to no EE, but I'm having a hard time telling whether it has DNR or not. I realize the cries of DNR have been frequent so I don't wish to cry wolf, but as stated there is very little detail. The only things I can think of is that either A) DNR was applied or B) the bitrate is just not high enough to resolve the detail. What causes me to lean towards the former is that night shots are relatively grain free which has me suspicious as they should contain more than day shots. Also skin tones seem overly red and saturated and not terribly natural.
So a long story short, it's likely an old encode that's likely sourced from an old master and has no detail or extras to speak of. I would recommend renting this first if you're interested. (And yes I picked this up largely because I love WWII films and because of the star studded cast, including Barbra Bach).