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I thought the movie was even worse than the picture quality. The visuals and sets look amazing, but it's basically Dawson's Creek in China with even more plot holes.
 

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It is definitely better than the DVD. It is soft and there is noise in some areas as well as contrast issues. Overall, it's the best version of the film you can own. If you can find it for $12 or so (or through the Best Buy deal) I think it's worth it.
 

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It really isn't that bad. There are some soft parts but other scenes look very good.


The LPCM track on the drum scene is pretty much worth the price of the disc.
 

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It is definitely better than the DVD. It is soft and there is noise in some areas as well as contrast issues. Overall, it's the best version of the film you can own. If you can find it for $12 or so (or through the Best Buy deal) I think it's worth it.

I agree with that. The video is certainly better than the DVD, and the audio is outstanding. The uncompressed PCM is well worth the price of admission.
 

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I have the uncut import out of Hong Kong with DTS-ES 6.1 surround track, and it has picture issues too. You'd think being an Asian film from a large Asian distributor it would be from the best sources... well, you'd be wrong!


However, some of the problems are not only the poor interpositive used, but a bad authoring job as well.


Even if Sony did a bang up re-mastered version I'd still pass until the original cut was released in the States.


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I don't think its as bad some make it out to be. Some of the movie can be quite stunning but most of the scenes that take place in the fog don't fare so well but like the other posters stated the PCM is reason enough alone for this one. If you liked the DVD this IS the best version available regardless of its faults.
 

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My HOFD story.


On a Sunday last June, I saw POTO in HD DVD. I thought, well, Blu-ray will be good, but can it really be any better than this?


On the following Thursday night, I saw a good part of HOFD. I was physically ill and disoriented. The PQ was TERRIBLE. I could not believe that Sony would present such quality in their Blu-ray launch titles.


I went to a video store and rented HOFD and took it home to check out the DVD against my memory. In some ways, the DVD actually looked better I thought. It was more consistent.


It was some weeks before I saw the Samsung demo disk and realized that Blu-ray was probably not the problem. It was about two months before the Warners disks confirmed that Blu-ray (and the Samsung player) was capable of good results.


For many people, this was a defining moment in the format war. I think that a lot of the "better PQ for HD DVD" statements we hear today come from those early Sony titles.


To be fair, I am planning on renting the title and checking it out on my own system again. I suspect that my reaction was colored by the fact that I was really expecting a demonstration piece and got something else. I also think that many of these issues are actually about the source material rather than the transfer, encode, or format.


But it was a very poor beginning to be sure.
 

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For a free movie at Best Buy i would like to see it since its supposedly good...but is the picture that bad?

ABSOLUTELY YES!!!



I returned that one so fast...
 

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I don't know. I have the Edko DTS ES 6.1 and that was pretty awesome. Best use of rear channels (not side surrounds) that I have ever heard. I am somewhat disappointed that Blu-ray is only 5.1 PCM. I am doubly disappointed that I can't even make use of this with my current PS3 setup.
 

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The Sony BD is digitally censored to erase blood. This destroys the key moment in the film. It's truly sad that Sony did this all for a stupid PG-13 rating.
 

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It really isn't that bad. There are some soft parts but other scenes look very good.


The LPCM track on the drum scene is pretty much worth the price of the disc.

You nailed the disc as I see it. I think that some expected the look of "Hero"... which is drop-dead gorgeous IMHO. I have it on DVHS.
 

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The Sony BD is digitally censored to erase blood. This destroys the key moment in the film. It's truly sad that Sony did this all for a stupid PG-13 rating.

I did not know that! You are correct... Sony should keep their hands off of "artistic intent". I learned something. Thanks!
 

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To be fair this is mostly due to the source material. If you've seen any of the HD broadcasts of the film you'll know this. This isn't a great looking movie to begin with.


Sony's biggest mistake was in choosing this as one of their launch titles. Its not a movie that you would ever want to use to show off HD.


I HD DVRed it off of Starz and and I disagree. The BD does look terrible, but everytime I read on AVS about HOFD looking bad I take exception and feel the need to disagree. I can tell you it looks excellent on the Starz broadcast. I have FIOS cable and I know my HD pic quality is better than when I had Direct tv. The movie is soft in general and softer in some areas more than others, but overall the colors and detail are stunning. The opening scene with the dance and drums are amazing looking. I have also downloaded the trailers off of the PS store onto my PS3 and they looked like crap there too, almost half the quality of the Starz broadcast. I would like to see a good transfer of this.
 

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I picked this up today along with Kung Fu hustle as the BB freebie. I have not seen the domestic DVD but I have seen multiple import versions. None of the DVD releases I've seen are stellar. The BD does over slight PQ improvement IMO, very slight however (the best scenes are quite Taladega Nights-ish). The BD would rate as only a mediocre DVD and therefore is a quite poor BD in my book. For me, the uncompressed PCM (along with the FREE offer) is what pushed me over the edge. The PCM track does not dissapoint!
 
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