During many of the dark scenes in the castle of Nottingham the image again suffers from a lack of detail with blacks appearing grey and losing what little shadow detail there is. There are also problems from poor encoding during these scenes with signs of pixilation and dot crawl. During the lighter moments such as those filmed on Hadrian's Wall the print suffers quite noticeable edge enhancement which looks awful.
Overall this print is just not up to today's standard in terms of picture quality, and the addition of dirt and quite noticeable grain in many scenes just confirms that this print is just not acceptable for such a special edition title. Disappointing.
During some of the more intense battle scenes there is plenty going on with some excellent panning effects and good use of the surrounds and LFE to add to the action, however as soon as things calm down on screen, the audio mix folds back again towards the screen. Dialogue is well produced with those American (er sorry English) accents easy to follow and understand.
Whilst the DTS track appears to have a richer clarity and tighter bass than the Dolby version, the old problem of lip sync reared its ugly head with the DTS track losing sync quite badly, and had me reverting to the Dolby track. I find this quite unacceptable these days with some excellent DTS tracks suffering from this irritating problem, in fact I can't watch the R1 version of Moulin Rouge because of the same issues, yet the R2 is fine. Let's hope they get this sorted.
A welcome special edition which is nicely presented, but picture and sound suffers somewhat, with the extras looking better than they are, disappointing overall.
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