If you're into medieval history and if you like movies about crusades and knights, this should be for you. If you are a polish national, this is probably a must since this movie is about the combined polish and lithuanian army defeating the army of the Order of the Teutonic Knights in the battle of Grunwald (better known as Tannenberg in Germany) in 1410, thus destroying the mighty eastern empire of the Teutonic Knights. To my knowledge, no-one else has ever made a movie about this battle, one of the most important in recorded european (medieval) history.
The quality of the DVD is sub-VHS standard. Despite the fact that Second Run states on the cover "Digitally re-mastered with restored image and sound" with "Optimal quality dual-layer disc" , there is no restauration at all visible and the quality could not be farther from "optimal".
First of all, the framing is wrong, so the picture is cut off on all sides - which is admitted in the booklet of said DVD:
"The films producers and Film Polski have confirmed that the only accessible source master of KotTO is the one we are releasing here. Although presented in widescreen anamorphic, please note that the image at 1.77:1 is not at the films originally shot Dyaliscope ratio. The film has been digitally re-mastered and newly-subtitled. But, due to the age and condition of the source master, there remains visual noise that could not be removed without compromising the integrity of the whole film and is most evident in the opening scene."
Secondly, the mentioned "noise" means that the picture is lacking brightness, detail, sharpness - basically everything you are expecting from a decent DVD release nowadays. A lot of scenes are so dark that you're trying to figure out what the heck is going on right now. Minor damages, speckles and dirt are visible throughout the movie. Since the DVD format now is nearly ten years old, this kind of "quality" is definitely not acceptable.
Obviously, neither Film Polski (Rights Holder) nor Second Run (Label) were willing to invest in a proper restauration of this classic. Therefore, after carefull consideration, I would recommed this DVD only if you are willing to overlook the massive quality-shortcomings of this product because the movie itself is definetely worth a look.