In a move that may anger some, WB has released the mini-series in widescreen. I don't have the VCD with me today or I would do a direct comparison (I will do so tonight), but at first glance it appears framing is very pleasing without the "fake widescreen" heads-cut-off look. For some reason, It looks like -- if anything -- the bottom of the picture may have been compromised for the new framing, but director Mick Garris could very well have shot this with HDTV in mind. IMDB offers no answer on this, and I haven't been able to listen to the entire commentary yet. Garris may mention something there. I've seen episode one so far. As for the transfer, the colors look nice and bright. There is some shimmering in shots of the hotel (the siding especially) but little else to distract. Sound is nothing special in Dolby Surround, with most of the activity coming from music. But there are some noticeable sound effects here and there in the rears. Packaging is similar to the WB two-disc sets (Amadeus, Cuckoo's Nest, etc.) but without the slipcase, which makes it a little flimsy. Also, there is no artwork on disc one... it's a flipper with episode one on side A and episode two on side B. Disc Two is one-sided with full-color artwork. Never seen that before... it's a little strange. I'll be doing a side-by-side comparison of the picture tonight to see which has more information. And I can't wait to hear the commentary from King and Garris. One quick note on availability: Best Buy seems to be having a problem getting this DVD. I went to both in Birmingham today and neither had it, and their web site has a two-week waiting period for shipment. I ended up getting mine at Coconuts on sale for a buck more than Best Buy's web site price.