14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great movie, weak bare bones HD-DVD!!!,
This review is from: The Pianist [HD DVD] (HD DVD)
The Pianist comes to HD-DVD, bare bones and with a dissapointing transfer.
One word describes the Picture Quality on this disc, LACKING. Whilst it's definately a step up from the DVD (and only margainly better), the picture never feels True HD. I was expecting the usual level of sharpness found on most HD-DVD's, but it had a soft vener over the whole picture, and fine grain was reduced to chunky ugly digital grain which was really distracting.
On the sound side of things, we are treated to a DTS-HD lossless master and thanfkfully, no complaints here. It's a nice mix, one that much clearer than the DVD mix, and does justice to the film.
Special Features is a real let down. We get nothing, not even English subtitles (other than the german translations). What a rip off.
Overall, I suggest waiting for a much better release, with bettr Picture Quality and Special features. Not worth the money.