I've always been aware of the extra resolution PAL affords and together with the lack of 3:2 pulldown effects that makes R2/4 my region of choice unless there is a significant price difference or problems with the PAL transfer. The audio speed-up doesn't bother me. However, I was never able to spot the difference, not that I tried too hard, until recently. Even then, I thought it was just in my head, after all I only have a 32" tv, surely it wouldn't be noticable on that? Recently, particularly with 1.85/1.78 ratio films I've found that the image on R1s just doesn't have the sharpness or detail levels found on R2/4. This morning First Knight arrived, thanks to a purchase on this forum. For some reason I thought I had bought the R2, and as the cover was the same I didn't notice it was a R1 until after I'd finished watching. All the way through I thought the picture was on the soft side, yet the reviews I'd read, while not saying it was superb, had led me to belive it would be better than what I was looking at. When I took the DVD out to put it back in its case I spotted that it was a R1.... Conincidence, or is the difference really that apparent?