A fantastic anamorphic 2.35:1 image which does a great job of capturing all the fine detail hidden away within the shadows in the gloomy torch-lit interiors which feature so heavily. Even more impressive is the way in which the image doesn't falter during the battle sequences, a genuine surprise considering the sheer amount of onscreen action combined with the sudden camera movements. A fantastic transfer which makes the most of Braveheart's epic scope.
This disc's Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is superlative. Dialogue is clearly picked out of the ambient noise, and the music track stirs into action across the rear speakers with perfect range and tone. But what really stands out here are the battle sequences, which do as good a job as Saving Private Ryan of throwing you deep into the heart of the action, surrounding you with the sound of combat. The use of surrounds is perfectly placed, and the LFE track is employed to devastating effect.
While the content is pretty much the same as the R1 release, with the original theatrical trailer, entertaining audio commentary by Gibson, and a 30min Making of... doc, Fox UK has decided to split the content across two discs, with the second disc just containing the documentary. Feels like a way of creating a higher price-point for a product in the wake of Gladiator's success to us.
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