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When you say transfers of equal quality, do you mean both are good? I'll assume so.
That out of the way, I think so. Viewing HD with a 7" CRT projector (that has less theoretical resolution than XGA as the sweetspot is 540p) HDTV showings of stuff I have on DVD looks noticeably nicer. It isn't jaw-dropping but it is easy to tell the difference.
On the other hand, I've heard some people don't like watching the HD transfers because HBO has taken to cropping 2.35:1 movies to 1.85:1. Personally I don't think all that much is lost in the super-widescreen to just widescreen conversion. The picture also gets larger. I don't like full-frame (4:3) crops, but that is a much larger reframing of the movie.