Quite a difference in extras between the US and UK discs but everything else is almost identical. Some stunning effects can't save this turkey! The disc presentation of the movie is however excellent.
The R1 transfer is identical in every way to the R2 UK disc reviewed elsewhere. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen the image looks as good as a new movie should. Colours are rich and well saturated with nice skin tones and plenty of detail on show. Blacks are solid and shadow detail is present although the transfer does appear on the dark side at times. There were no instances of compression artefacts or mpeg blocking and edge enhancement was almost absent. A good transfer that just slightly loses that blockbuster sheen.
Again the R1 disc is identical in terms of having DTS and Dolby flavours in 5.1 as well as two stereo tracks, one in French and one Spanish. Both 5.1 mixes are extremely aggressive and dynamic. As you can imagine with the subject material there are plenty of opportunities for over the top sound design and surround effects. Those opportunities are taken to provide a real blockbuster highly detailed soundmix. One thing I did find strange with the R1 disc was that the DTS track appeared to be louder and more detailed when compared to the Dolby track. This is not the case on the R2 UK disc where each soundtrack sounds almost identical. I have racked my head to try and explain why this would be, but I am stumped. So for this disc the DTS track is a different experience.
Now this is where the real differences between the US R1 and UK R2 become apparent. The US disc keeps the two commentary tracks which are identical to the UK release. The audio anatomy feature is also present and allows an inside interactive look at the audio track mixing. Deleted scenes are also present, but you will only see two on this edition compared to the 10 available on R2. Add some DVD-ROM content and a sneak peek at “Mr & Mrs Smith” and that's your lot. Quite a big let down when compared to the R2 UK disc.
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