I was able to pick up a copy of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece SWEENEY TODD last night, and I still haven't recovered from the mind-blowing experience of watching this wonderful production again on DVD. This new release is truly a DVD "event" worth celebrating. I've had both a VHS and Laserdisc version in the past, but the improvement in both picture and sound quality is astounding. Considering the original source was probably 2" videotape (I don't think 1" had come into use until about a year or two later) what Warner has achieved visually is mightily impressive. It's obvious they went back to the original production masters for their restoration, because the show bears a main title that says "THE ENTERTAINMENT CHANNEL" presents. (That was the long-defunct cablecaster that first premiered this production, before SHOWTIME or PBS!) Even more dramatic is the improvement in sound quality. The previous incarnations always had a thin, tinny sound to them. Now the new 5.1 mix provides an orchestral sound that is more vibrant and robust, with much clearer vocals, and a great sense of aural ambience from the surrounds. If you have the old "concert version" DVD, you can now sell it or trade it. You'll never want to watch it again now that you can have the real thing. Lansbury and Hearn are superb, and we should all be grateful not only that some wise-thinking person sought to preserve this great show on videotape, but also grateful to Warner Home Video for giving it such a first-class presentation.