So I got my EVITA Blu-ray at the amazing price of $12.99 from Amazon.com. I can now retire my anamorphic Japanese DVD from long ago (the only US release was non-anamorphic widescreen from 1999). All I expected was a new HD transfer and DTS-MA 5.1 audio, but the disc also has a teaser trailer, music video, and an abridged version of "The Making of Evita" documentary. I haven't read anywhere online about the documentary being edited, but I can confirm that it is when compared to the version on the Criterion Laserdisc. More on that later... I have read some reports online expressing disappointment regarding the Blu-ray transfer, something I don't understand. I think it is marvelous (with reservations regarding the compression - a lot of blockiness can be seen in the dark backgrounds if one is looking for it). Even one of my friends commented that it looks "very soft focus, grainy, and low contrast," though he was only looking at screen captures. I think revisiting the DVD and comparing it is in order. I made the following comparisons by upscaling the anamorphic Japanese DVD and compositing it against the full 1920x1080 Blu-ray captures (all captures made in VLC with the same settings). DVD on the left, Blu-ray on the right. Any softness can be attributed to the original photography, I think. And if people think the Blu-ray is soft, they should check out the DVD! The images are downscaled for posting here, but I think the resolution is still high enough for people to easily discern a difference. The sound is great and the voices don't sound as wholly removed in tone from the rest of the soundtrack as was evident on the previous releases.