Chariots is one of my favourites but the only way I have ever seen it is on well worn VHS. While the R1 release has been around for a while, I held off because of its 1.33:1 format. When the widescreen R2 disc came out last month, I eagerly obtained a copy. Compared to my VHS, the overall experience was pretty good. However, in terms of a DVD transfer, it could have been so much better. The aspect ratio is 1.78:1. My VHS version, and I suspect the R1 version, are open matte not pan & scan. I checked this by running tape vs disc. Yes, the composition looks much better in widescreen. Colour saturation and blacks are the strongest point. I never realised how rich the red roses, green hills, and dark blue suits were. What spoiled it all was the way sharpness and contrast seemed to have been turned full for longer distance shots resulting in haloes and eye-aching whites. The famous credit sequences are marred by streaks and spots but thankfully this improves in the film itself. The stereo mix was acceptable but the music does tend to swell up to a much louder level when it appears. There were a few cases of lip-synch being off but I think these were due to overdubbing. Sybil's farewell at the dock is still indistinctly lost in the ambient noise - I noticed this on tape too. But all this I could have put up with until I found that some dialogue had gone missing altogether. Just before Eric boards the steamer, he tells Sandy not to go with him as personal coaches cannot accompany the athletes. Sandy replies "I'm not your coach, I'm your valet". For some reason this scene is cut. Could anyone tell me if it is included in the R1 disc? It is the 20th anniversary of the film this year. Was it hoping too much to ask for at least a good, tidy, complete transfer? Is it pushing the bounds even further to hope for a special edition, perhaps for the 21st anniversary?