Both these films were in HDTV last night and they both looked fabulous. 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' took place in Italy and was incredibly scenic. The DD5.1 was flawless. It was on Showtime-HD. HBO was showing 'The Beach' full screen even though it should have been 2.35x1. Since it was filmed in Super35 it didn't look quite as bad as their normal pan and scan nonsense. The picture quality was absolutely stunning. The audio was DD5.1 but it was terrible. No directionality and it was plagued with dropouts. Showime does a much better job with their HDTV presentations. Too bad they don't have more of it.