I took down a few timecodes from the opening of the film, to mark some of the scenes that struck me as instances of the easy to spot inconsistent grain/focus/possible DNR - mind these are only a few instances, and some of the more extreme ones at that, but I figure pointing out the easier to spot examples would be for the best:00:02:00-00:02:04
- The bar owner yawning shows his gray shirt to be extremely grainy. The next shot has the same shirt from the back, and there's virtually no grain to be found.00:04:12
- First shot of the yellow car is blurred, and has plenty of clumpy grain (almost has to be an optical effect shot). The rest of the scene looks considerably better. This one could just come down to the camerawork, I'm not certain.00:04:48-00:04:58
- The first interior shot of the restaurant is almost completely grain free. The next shot of the Clown flying through the window is quite grainy - pay attention to the booth and the table, which remain the same color in both shots. The third shot of the broken window is once again grain-free, while the fourth shot of Kai is... well, less grainy than the second shot in this sequence, but not outright grainless like the shot before it either.00:05:05
- Close-up of Tetsuo chasing after a Clown with garbage blowing by. This shot has lots of the clumpy noise that looks like DNR filters was applied grainy footage. (It reminds me of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Z restoration... *shudder*) The footage immediately before and after it look somewhat better.00:05:20
- Shot of Tetsuo getting back on his bike and cursing. Grainy and delicious.
I'd take screen shots if I had the technology, but you can use these timecodes to check out a few good examples that I spotted.
Thanks for the HDTV shot dvdmike007. (And I thought Evil Dead II on Blu-ray looked awful!