I do wish there was a better BR video copy of this HOFD available. LoL, but in my dreams if I worked at the headquarters of where the original film is now currently located, I would see to it in some way that a new highest video quality possible release would be made from the original source.
Anyway I read every post in this thread now, looked at every screenshot, etc, and researched all over the net and think I have all the issues down about the quirky variations of this HOFD BR release.
I already own the usa sony pictures bd version, and as this thread has gone over all the details about each and every one of different releases which all have some basic quality problems that originates from the lacking source.
I am curious enough now that I need to see more of the comparisons for myself, so I just ordered the Hong Kong edko one for $17.97 delivered: http://www.dddhouse.com/v3/product_d...roductID=11841
(fwiw i'm not going to pay yesasia prices)
..anyway this HK version says it's 120 min and so I don't know why that taiwan one in the above post is listed as 119 minutes - maybe they just rounded it out but afaik
the longest uncut version out there is 1:59:31 anyway.
l also ordered the BR French version somewhere else, to make sure I have a full length uncut english audio; I'm also curious what universal did with their version.
Besides the usa sony pictures one, I have another BR of it and it's one that has only 1 horse fall instead of the 4, but more importantly to me ..and is what got me started on all this in the first place is that I can visually see it has 'a little better' video quality and crop than the my sony usa one - and it's because of that has me now wanting the best video copy of the full uncut BR version. And so with the edko & universal one will give me all equal length audio/video/ parts of the uncut video versions I want so I can multiplex the best combinations together. I mostly watch lossless mkv's of my oppo anyway.
Anyway, just for my own purpose I am going to see which of these uncut BR videos releases I think are the best, extract them, and then lossless multiplex the best renderings of audio/video/subtitle choices into one lossless mkv and move on. ...and then watch the movie LoL...