I just finished watching the first disc on my A35 in 1080/24 on my XBR 4 bitstreaming True HD to my onkyo 705. I was surprised that it didn't skip at 24p b/c alot of shows aren't filmed at that speed, unless i am crazy BSG is filmed at 24p. Let me start by saying that i have never seen the show before but decided to pick it up based on all the hype by friends and you guys on AVS. I think i started hearing about BSG a couple years ago but i never start watching a show on broadcast when i suspect i may like it B/C i want to start from the begining and prefer hard media.
Well after an hour and a half i am definitly hooked. What a great and interesting story. I can't wait to get back to watching. I think people have made to much a deal about the grain. I realize some people want all there HDM looking like planet earth, but i find the grain really adds to the auhtenticity and mood of the show. I also thought 300 looked great. People need to judge HDM based on how well it present the directors original intention not on how clear and sharp the picture is. BSG looks great in HD not to mention tricia Helfer.
THe sound quality is good and i would never critize a studio offering a high rexz track, all HDM should have lossless audio IMHO, but it definitly isn't Batman Begins or 300. I just don't think the show has the type of production that can afford the sound design of top hollywood blockbusters. Don't get me wrong, BSG sounds really good, it just isn't the best AQ i have heard. Surrounds are definitly effective, especially in the space battle scenes, it just doesn't have that sustained surround ambiance you hear in the best HD DVD has to offer. The above is not a complaint, just an observation. The HD presentation of BSG is really impressive, and the pip is really cool and informative from the couple of U-control scenes i watched. Overall i am estatic i picked up this great series, i am also really happy that i waited for the full HD experience before i got addicted to BSG.