DVD Review Official HTF Review: Backdraft, Recommended

David Ruiz

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I don't understand. Did you give the HD-DVD a 5/5 for "Visual Quality" or did you give that score to the SD-DVD? The reason I ask is because you mentioned how much edge-enhancement the SD-DVD had and that alone, should have brought down the perfect 5/5 rating consideriably, especially since edge-enhancement is by far, the most hideous and most distracting thing, visually speaking.

I don't doubt that the DVD looked good; I'm sure it would look great on my projector, but edge-enhancement (even just a tiny bit), destroys the look of "film" in my eyes. To me, whenever I see a DVD with EE, it makes it look like "video" as opposed to "film." There's a tremendous difference imho.
 

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I was under the impression that most SD/HD products were minted from the same HD transfer and as such should be very similar in character.

Backdraft HD transfer was first released on D-VHS and I'm guess this is the same transfer used for HD DVD/DVD releases?

The extras should also be very similar as well (with regards to a commentary or lack there of).

Anyway I haven't watched the DVD yet, but I hope it's better than 'Ladder 49' which I found to be a 2-hour Budweiser commercial set to folk music.

EDIT: I'd like to also draw attention to one area where DVD excels: full-size DVD packaging and fancy slipcovers. Now I just need to locate the original DVD insert to add to my fancy SE.
 

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