I picked up this DVD after reading reviews much like this one: "Originally released in 2005, the transfer for this series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is enhanced for anamorphic playback. The packaging indicates that this was mastered in high definition so I wouldn't be surprised to see a Blu-Ray HD release of this sometime in the next year. Watching this upconverted to 1080i on the new Toshiba HD DVD player makes me wonder just how much more Sony could possibly eke out of it because this is just a purely gorgeous transfer. The film simply looked clean throughout with great looking solid colors, incredible amounts of detail in all areas and no break-up or blocking visible anywhere." But after watching it on my system it came out pretty grainy and washed out. It's not HORRIBLE, but it is noticeable. I thought perhaps it was a setting issue, but was fairly certain it was more the media itself in question. I immediately swapped the disc out and popped in Finding Nemo, as I figured if FFVII had issues surely this one would as well. But Finding Nemo looked perfect...sharp, nice colors, etc. I put FFVII back into the player to see if it was perhaps a fluke, but the same problems arose. I think it's like track 4-5 or so, when there's an aerial shot of Cloud on his bike driving through a forest...that's the scene that stands out the most, though all others have their own identical issues. Is there a known issue with this disc? Or am I being too picky? I expected this to be "the transfer of all transfers" but was sorely disappointed in the picture quality. It's almost distracting. I guess I don't need help troubleshooting it as much as I need a verification that perhaps there was a bad batch or something...I mean has anyone else came across the same dilema? Thanks in advance for any insight Joey6P PS...hey everyone, long time no see!