Glad to hear you finally got to watch the movie and it wasn't your player's fault.
Well, I tried the movie again last night but this time in my HTPC. I didn't realize how saturated the colors were back on my first viewing, many scenes bathed in 'golden/reddish hues'... or could it be my HTPC (I'm using WinDVD10plus and a GeForce 220 for acceleration and without any enhancements on). Anyway... no freeze-ups, but of course I wasn't really expecting any since it played straight through the first time on my BH-200. However... the lip sync issue is still there... perhaps not quite as bad as I had seem to recall but very distracting at some points for sure. I find it hard to believe EVERYONE isn't plague by this. I'm guessing most people either aren't watching careful enough or their TV screens are too small to notice the tiny lips moving out of sync. I'm watching on an 8-ft + wide projection screen in a darkened basement theater and the lip sync issue is quite annoyingly apparent at times.
To prove out this theroy.... Doc, could you do me a favor when you have the free time? Go to chapter 32 and get up closer to your TV and observe the lip sync in that whole chapter... I'm almost certain you will see what I'm talking about. However I've got to warn you.... once you've seen it, you will never be able to un-see it and that may forever ruin your movie experience for watching that movie in HD DVD again.
Actually there are several places starting from ~Chapter 30 'til the end of the movie where the lip sync problem rears its ugly head, however as far back as some scenes in ~Chapter 26 there are minor issues that unless you are paying very careful attention it would probably never be noticed even on a big screen. But you are right, some viewers have noticed enough to mention it in their online reviews while others never make a comment about it in their reviews... that I did find odd.... however if you'll do what I'm asking here that will give me a data point from which to extrapolate to the conclusion that there was only one batch run and they all suffer from this same lip sync issue but its screen size and attention to detail that is what will determine if a viewer actually notices or not. If you don't see it, then my hypothesis must be wrong and there must have been more than one batch of HDDVDs of this movie produced. Give it a go and we will compare notes back here, okay? Thanks.
BTW, at least twice a year we (the wife and I) always make a special trip just to drive through the Tunnel of the Trees in different seasons and we stop off all along the way to let the dogs (2 Golden Retriever) run on the beach and water retrieve. My wife loves to tourist shop in Harbor Springs, its a very scenic place to be sure.
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