Technically speaking, the video quality seemed quite good to me on my system. The film used for the transfer appeared to be in very good shape. The surround sound seemed less than what I had imagined it would be. Mostly music and crowd noises in the surrounds with only a few other uses. Although encoded with Surround EX, it didn't add very much to the soundtrack overall I thought.
I hadn't seen the movie in theaters and I haven't read the books but I liked the movie very much especially with the knowledge that more are to follow.
I watched it all last night and I was only going to view some bits and pieces. I thought the transfer was GREAT. The picture was very colorful and crisp. The sound was even better especially John William's score. I loved it.
Video and audio were all right. I had a heckuva hard time understanding those young English actors though, who were brilliant nevertheless. I guess its my blasted ears. John Williams score was its usual stellar presentation (hmmmm, havent I heard some of those notes before, though?)
Disc 2 was a crock of doodoo and a complete waste. They could have done so much more with it.
Overall, it is simply a charming movie. It is fantasy and fun and an escape from reality in the utmost regard. Howevuh, disc 2 is presently a frisbee, and not even a good one at that.
I loved this film at the movies and preordered the DVD. Received several days ago and have already watched it twice - anamorpic w/s. Video is very good perhaps a 3 out of 4 due to some EE and the colors don't have quite the punch (with a calibrated HT) that I remember them having in the theater, The Sound is a 4+ though with the dialog nice and up front and the surrounds and LFE used aggressively and appropriately.
Disc 2 is a complete waste of time, in fact save yourself the trouble and ad it to the coaster collection in your kitchen...
The movie itself, well, I love it! The ending seems rushed but it is a long movie...
I like the movie! However, I thought the video quality was very good, but not great. I also thought the score was very nice but I don't agree that the surrounds were used very aggressively at all. Sound was great though.
What's up with that second disc? A waste. I played with it for 30 minutes and still couldn't find the deleted scenes. Where are they? I don't want to find the bloody wand or a key or any other kind of magic garbage. I just wanted to find some deleted scenes and I was hoping the menu would say something like, oh, maybe "deleted scenes". Jeez.
I was actually VERY impressed with the amount of effort put into the second disc. They could have just put the stuff there with a menu... click and go... just like everything else,..... but I really admire the thought put into this. That goes for Memento too..... kudos to those who made it more interesting.
Sure, there could have been more there.... but I don't think we can complain too much.... seeing as how everyone involved was in the middle of making the sequel.
Luckily.... (according to this LA Times article ), it seems like there just might be another edition of this brilliant film & DVD in our future Yes!!!!!
I see your point and it *is* cute. However, at the time I had guests over and we wanted to check out the deleted scenes after viewing the movie. We were all very frustrated by not being able to find them.
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