Originally Posted by benes
madshi do you realize how controversial your post would have been just a few months ago?
Originally Posted by Kram Sacul
Hasn't it been confirmed that Serenity uses the same encode
According to my tests: Yes.
Originally Posted by bplewis24
Can you give us an idea of what type of bitrates we're talking? I'm not familiar with these titles, so I don't know if you're talking about going from ~12mbps to ~15mbps or if you're talking ~20 to ~25 mbps.
E.g. with The Scorpion King it's 17.0Mbps for the USA encoding and 18.4Mbps for the European encoding. For Waterworld the difference was slightly higher, IIRC.
It should be noted, though, that most of the European discs where the encoding differs from the USA are rather new releases for us here in Europe (although the movies were available in the USA for quite a while). So I expect that it's not only the higher bitrate which sometimes helps image quality but also probably a newer version of the VC-1 encoder.
But as you can see from the Scorpion screenshots, the image quality differences are really minor. Except for Waterworld where it's a bit more noticable.