I ask because last night, I watched one of the first DVD's I ever brought - Batman Forever. I must have had this disc since I've been collecting DVD's - some 6 years now. The picture quality struck me as really poor...and the sound didn't really grip me either. I remember when this disc came out it was used as the benchmark for all DVD reviews. The sound in particular, back then, was amazing. However, looking at the disc again, there's a LOT of print damage and grain...the colours are bright, but there's not a lot of detail in the shadows...and the bit rate is normally up there at 8mbps!! Looking at one of the later discs I brought - Secondhand Lions - is like chalk & cheese. There's next to zero print damage and plenty of detail in dark scenes, while the coulours remain vibrant and clean. there's also very little evidence of edge enhancement (though it was viewed via a 42" plasma - not a projector)... I'm pretty sure, looking at it now, the Batman Forever disc is a direct copy of the laserdisc, which again was a benchmark back in the days when Dolby Digital wasn't illegal..( )... Of course, extra's have come on leaps and bounds. The extra's on the Batman disc amount to nothing more than a few pages of writing. Most of the extra's I see today aren't worth an extra disc and amount to nothing more than the director and actors telling the audience how good each other all are...but there are the exceptions. LOTR & Indy sets spring to mind, and hopefully the Star Wars set will be up there as well...personally, I don't give a monkeys who shot first...I just love 'em for what they are. I post this thread because it's actually 6 years to the day since I got my first DVD player...a Toshiba that was a R1 only machine and couldn't decode a dts track...those were the days... Cost me nearly £600 but is still going strong today upstairs in the bedroom. What's your views on the evolvement of DVD since it's launch...? Defo better IMO...but already there are better things available to people in other countries - DVHS - I've seen it running, and set up correctly, it does make DVD look like VHS - and of course blu ray is just around the corner. Is 7 years to short a time for a format to last? For Joe Normal, thing's will be fine for years to come...but for us av nutters, who simply MUST have the best around, is there an expensive time just around the corner...?