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Got the US combo disc, which worked flawlessly on my XE1. I had more trouble with the standard DVD side (my HD DVD players don't like DVD menus much).
As for the look of the movie, it sucks as far as shiny, demo-quality HD is concerned. Blacks are washed out, the muted colour scheme skews towards browns and tans, and fine detail is lacking.
BUT it actually looks like a relic of the period it's depicting (it reminds me of The Godfather and French Connection) and I've no doubt that this was the express intent, right down to the 1.85 aspect ratio and the use of as little CG as possible. And for me, the look of the flick worked PERFECTLY as an artistic device.
That's not to say that crisp, detailed 2.35 visuals in a period piece won't evoke the same sort of feelings (see the wonderful Zodiac) but sometimes the low-fi approach works just as well.