I finished watching the movie. It's a very original movie and beatifully shot with very wide angle lenses. Lot of great artistic locations and shooting angles. As far as the story goes, it's rather difficult to describe. Anyway, apparently Gilliam has called it "Alice in Wonderland meets Psycho" or something like that. I felt it had some stylistic similarities to "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" as well. It's a pretty uncompromising film, it's easy to imagine that Gilliam has had full control over the film this time.
There is an introduction by Gilliam at the beginning of the film where he makes a confession that "Many of you are not going to like this film. Many of you, luckily, are going to love it. And then there are many of you that are not going to know what to think when the film finishes, but hopefully, you'll be thinking." "The film is seen through the eyes of a child. If it is shocking, it's because it's innocent." His advice is basically to try to watch it as if through the eyes of a child, with an open mind.
I liked it pretty much as a whole, it stayed very interesting throughout and the cinematography was very beatiful. I can well understand that many will not like it though. I felt it wasn't so much plot driven, it was more of a fantasy with a lot of dreamlike elements that invoke various emotions and feelings. It includes some grotesque elements as well, which would fit well into a horror movie, but I felt this movie didn't really try to scare and those elements were used as kind of "fantasy props".
PQ was very good. Not all shots are tack sharp though, but I think it's directly related to how the film has been shot. Use of extreme wide angle lenses results in some variation in the look as well. Dark scenes look pretty good as well. I think the transfer itself is fine indeed. AQ is good as well, though the film is not using surround sound that extensively. It would have been nice to have English subtitles as well as some of the dialogue was a bit hard to catch in full.
The movie starts right away with the introduction by Gilliam and defaults to German audio. For that part there is no pop-up menu so you need to change the audio via remote and start the introduction again. Then the movies starts directly after that and again defaults to German audio. This time audio can be changed both directly with remote or from pop-up menu. A bit of extra work there but after that all is fine
Overall this HD DVD is highly recommended for anybody who likes the film. I was also pleasantly surprised by the large amount of extras since Concorde's earlier releases basically didn't have any.