My Mini Review Well folks, I'm not a professional DVD reviewer, but I'd be glad to share with you all my feelings about this new disc so far. First, a little background. I bought the Criterion CAV disc the day it first came out for a whopping $70, and it was some of the best money I have ever spent. I loved that disc, loved being able to see the film widescreen as it was meant to be seen, and the commentary is still the best I've ever heard for a film. I'll also admit that I've never been a fan of the THX transfer on the previous Anchor Bay disc. I guess I got so used to how the Criterion disc looked, that some of the garish blue coloring put me off, as well as how dark the DVD was. Nighttime scenes which had depth and shadows on the laserdisc simply looked solid black on the DVD, and I was never happy with that. I for one am thrilled with this new DVD. Those too-dark scenes have been lightened up a bit and now the details shine through again. There is virtually no haloing anywhere on this disc, nor is there any block noise in the gradients. The old disc was moderately plauged by both, most likely because Anchor Bay squeezed two versions of the film (P&S and LBX) with three soundtracks each plus a 30+ minute documentary, trailers, and TV Spots all on one disc. Now the widescreen version of the film can stretch it's legs over the entire real estate of the disc, and the result is easy to see. Now, about the color timing issues. Yes, I know Dean Cundey was involved with the creation of the THX DVD. In truth, I think he was doing a little revisionist telecining, making it look the way he had always wanted it to look, but not really the way it ever did look in 1978. This DVD is much more representitive of film prints I have come across as a projectionist than the previous disc was. Sorry, but the Pasadena scenes always looked pretty darn green. It was springtime in LA, what did you really expect? This was decades before we could "paint with pixels" and completely digitally alter the look of a film (a la "O Brother, Where Art Thou"), and color timing tricks in the lab could only get you so far. There are no sound difference between the two versions that I could hear (other than the inclusion of the superb Criterion commentary track, of course). As for the new documentary, I have mixed feelings. This is very similar to the the AMC special that aired last Halloween, but the padding, oh the padding... I know it's customary to flip back and forth between clips of the film and real documentary content nowadays, but seriously, if all the clips of the film were removed, this thing would be like 25 minutes long! When they cut to a clip it seems to go on for minutes, and some of the same clips are used 4 or 5 times! The editor needs a good flogging. As for DVDFile's claim that this disc presents a new, previously unseen trailer, I don't believe that's true. This is the same trailer that appeared on the previous DVDs and Criterion laser, but it's a new transfer, and they found one that still had its red band attached. Aside from that, nothing new. All in all, if you're a fan, this is really a no-brainer purchase. If you are merely a casual fan who is more than happy with the current disc... you should still buy this one, dammit! -Lyle J.P.