Saw LOTR yesterday at noon. GREAT movie. I won't go into that right now because I want to address a quality issue that has me wondering. I was sitting rather close...in the front 1/3 of the theater. My viewing angle was a bit wider than the 30 degree we hope for with good projected video in HT. The image was soft and blurry. Close-ups looked good, but many scenes...especially distance shots of the hillside or landscape showed very obscure detail. In fact, I kept thinking to myself "Self, I've seen better detail rendering from DVD on good HT projection systems". Many of the motion shots during battle scense etc. were VERY blurry and you literally could not discern any detail whatsover until the camera stopped moving. Was this an artifact of the film projection process or was it inherent in the source in the studio? It's really got me wondering now what I'm being critical of in many DVD transfers. Things I would have thought were MPEG2 related or "filtering" related to aid in compression look a lot like what I was seeing here in projected film. I'm sure if I sat father back, getting closer to a 30 degree angle of viewing the image would have sharpened up a bit. But even so it really has me wondering what is the "real" image supposed to look like? What does the source-print or negative look like that these theatrical prints are struck from? I'm wondering what sort of DVD this will make. What will those blurry/messy motion pans look like on 720x480 MPEG2 DVD? Will they look horrible? Or will the DVD possibly look better if many of the problems are actually in the final theatrical print the theater gets and the DVD can use a better source? thoughts? -dave p.s. Oh...one more thing. This movie ended WAY to early for me...I could easily have sat there another hour. I hope when the DVD comes out we'll have added scenes galore...and I hope we have the option of watching them incorporated into the film and not just as an "extra" on the side!