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I was lucky to see the movie at the theater last week in the 70 mm version at an annual 70 mm "festival". The presentation was absolutely spectacular (apart from some problems with one of the two projectors used, which is not relevant here). The picture was incredibly sharp and I did not notice any grain. This should be in accordance with the previous poster mentioning that grain is obviously less prevalent in 70 mm film.
I did notice that the 70 mm was sharper than my Blu-Ray version. A good example would be Pattons binoculars at the first battle. On film I could see "Japan" rather clearly on the binoculars (an obvious goof), whereas on the BD at home I can see 5 groups of 3-4 white pixels per letter, but it takes a "leap of faith" to make out "Japan".
This supports the argument that 70 mm (65 mm original negative) has better resolution than 1080p, so some information will inherently be lost when transferring to BD. I still think the Patton BD looks great, but definately inferior to a good 70 mm theater presentation. Since there was no noticable grain in the theater, I don't see why it should be on the BD in what is really reduced resolution.