Originally Posted by tg5spd
I also liked the Interpreter, despite the bad reviews it got. Nice hd...
Also saw "The Interpreter" recently (last month) on HD-DVD for the first time and liked it with some reservations. Equals parts political thriller and character study between the leads (Kidman and Penn bring their 'A' game to their roles even as the script lets them down), Sydney Pollack's last movie as director is a handsome-looking studio production that feels a tad preachy and short on actual thrills (except for that standout bus sequence, which was scary). Watching the anamorphically shot movie in high-def brings the best from its actual UN locations, which only makes Pollack's plea in a bonus featurette to eliminate full-screen butchering of widescreen movies all the more reasonable. Pollack didn't go out with a directorial bang (the movie is kind-of a dud) but at least he went out classy.
Other HD-DVD's I've seen recently (not recent-enough for a full review) that I only bought because they were cheap: The Untouchables
(as an A-to-Z story it's pretty shallow and superficial, but the signature pieces/action scenes and good casting sell it; one of the better-looking catalogue titles on either HD format), Flags of Our Fathers
(preachy, clunky and everything that "Letters from Iwo Jima" was but this one can't be: memorable, touching, disturbing and even uplifting; Adam Beach steals the movie), Letters from Iwo Jima
(a slightly-flawed but finely-crafted masterpiece; both "Flags" and "Letters" look good in HD but the draining of color from both masters doesn't to the high-def transfer any favors), Bonnie and Clyde
(never seen it before and experiencing it for the first time in high-def was a revelation; funny, touching and disturbing in equal measure, this landmark movie is an awesome catalogue title to show-off high-def can enhance the enjoyment of an already-loved classic), Pride & Prejudice
(not as good as "Atonement" but a classy cliffnotes version of the classic Austen novel; great visuals, nice camera work and great performance by Keira Knightly) and a couple more that I've forgotten.