As always, thanks for the shots.
You are an asset to AVS.
Please continue your excellent work.
I too got in on the Amazon.jp pre-order and watched all of the episodes on successive evenings.
To some this will not be a hi-def showcase as every scene is not razor-sharp and some have a bit softness in the background and foreground as well.
To me, the PQ was a definite improvement over the already good SD DVD.
There were scenes that were less good but not a major distraction.
The film is heavily processed in many places. Even in daylight scenes.
I'd characterize it as a washed-out olive drab kind of look.
Not Matrix green obviously but still not natural and at times with a lot of grain that to me looked added for a time capsule effect.
In the final couple episodes like Eagle's Nest and Austria, the look was far more natural.
I have only watched the series through once and after awhile would forget about looking at the screen and would simply enjoy the film.
I have an A2 player and D2 processor via hdmi, so I'm not getting the full DTS-HD bandwith but the soundtrack was what I would characterize as "typical" DTS, i.e., juiced up low end.
The sound design was not particularly immersive for the most part coming mainly from the LCRs.
There were times however when the sides and rears(PLIIx) were used to good effect so I'm surmising that this was a conscious decision on the part of the sound people.
Some of the scenes feature HEAVY artillery and could be a bit of a challenge to some systems with the chest-thumping, visceral feeling that all real men seek
I would rate the Letters From Iwo Jima artillery scenes as "better" but the scenes in BoB are lacking only in comparison.
Please take my observations for what they are. I am not a pick-every-nit- obsess-over-it kind of guy but I do have a good, professionally calibrated system and a dedicated room.
Josh Z, Robert George, Kris Deering and Peter Bracke among a couple others would be your best bets.
Hopefully one or more of them will get a copy and likely shoot my impressions full of holes
For me, BoB was a must have and for $145 shipped overnight I was willing to take the chance to see this in Hi-Def.
No regrets whatsoever.