A couple of Stephen King catalog titles were released today, "It" and "Cat's Eye." Both are Warner releases in snappers (yuck). Here's a quick first look at each of them: I spun "It" first and was SHOCKED. I may be behind the times, but I had NOT heard this would be a widescreen release. It is framed at 1.78:1 and is anamorphic. I can't compare it side by side to my laserdisc yet, but the shots I looked at look very well-composed and not at all too tight for head room. The opening credits look great in widescreen, as does the opening rainstorm scene. The picture overall is VERY grainy... I don't know if this is a result of the zooming process to produce the widescreen picture or not. But grain is consistent and occasionally annoying throughout (I watched the first few chapters entirely and then went through chapter stops from there). "It" is spread across a two-sided disc and includes a commentary by director Tommy Lee Wallace and cast members Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid, Richard Thomas and John Ritter. I haven't listened to any of it yet. "Cat's Eye" is a world of difference transfer-wise. It looks mighty fine. The opening credit sequence has some scratches and trash every now and then, and some of the optical effects exhibit artifacts (film-wise, not compression), but aside from that the first several minutes of the film are beautiful. Clicking through the chapter stops, I didn't notice any compression problems in the darker scenes, particularly in "The Ledge" sequence. The blacks and deep blues hold quite nicely. The framing here is a revelation. Presented in its OAR of 2.35:1, gone are the "smooshed" shots in the opening credits and the way-too-tight feel of previous pan and scan releases. Director Lewis Teague has a great eye and did some nice things with composition... it's worth the price of the disc to see the film the way it was always meant to be seen! There's a commentary by director Lewis Teague and a cool theatrical trailer that is something of a spoiler if you want to look for the little Stephen King in-jokes sprinkled throughout the movie for yourself. Both discs are welcome in my collection, but "Cat's Eye" is a real winner if you love the movie like I do. If anyone wants to add impressions of the audio side, great... I probably won't get around to that tonight. My guess is the mixes are nothing special.