I posted this in this forum and the DVD talk forum as i'm not sure where it supposed to go and I think it really fit's in with both. I think it must be me but DVD isn't as good as it used to be. I think the step-up from normal video and TV made dvd look prefect at first. Now don't get me wrong the playback on my DVD players is amazing but I am not starting to notice the grain ect, lthougth i'm always picky and notice most things. I was watching Eight Legged Freaks yesterday and I noticed a lot of 'grain' Don't know if grain is the proper word for it but it's the only word I can think of. Even on excellent transfers I notice a certain amount of 'grain'. Is this to do with the original film master, the encoding or the DVD player itself? It might be because I have a 24" widescreen TV in my room and only sit anywhere from 1.5 to a max of 3 meter's away so being quite close I notice it more. The funny thing is I was watching a Cowboy Bebop DVD (it's a region 1 anime, great art and a great transfer, fullscreen) yet when watching this I didn't notice any grain as such? I don't know if this is to do with the nature of animation and the vibrant colours? Anyway can anyone explain this? Is this just to do with the nature of the MPEG 2 technology, the original film transfer, the encoding or the DVD player itself? Do the more expensive models get rid of this?