Thought this was a great Colonial-era war film by the team that brought us Independence Day and Godzilla; Columbia's standard-issue Dolby Digital Special Edition DVD looks and sounds great, and has made a welcome place on my collection rack. I found out a little while back that this title was chosen for Columbia's "Superbit" remastering project, getting DTS sound and the like, but after hearing the standard 5.1 DD mix on this original release a couple of times, I felt no improvements to the Dolby system were necessary --- believe this or not. I brought my receiver up to "50" on the volume display (Onkyo's method of telling you "where you're at") while finishing the second half of the DVD this evening, and all I can say is wow...bullets, cannons and shouts come from all channels around you on this DD 5.1 mix; there seem to be some problems, however, such as washed out dialogue that sounds a bit too thin and hollow when the action sequences heat up...also, it seems that as the film goes on, effects get more "messy" or "crackly" sounding (the cannon blasts, etc) as compared to the beginning of the film. To really hear what this DVD has to offer your sound system, watch the scene when Gibson is attempting to free his captured son, Heath Ledger, from the British soliders...bullets zing right past your ears and even though there is no music and the sequence is quite quiet, the effects are startling....you really feel like you are there. But as I said, towards the end, it seems as though the sound loses its edge and quality; like the effects are "running out of steam" and I detected some distortion and cracking from extreme battle sequences. Video seems spot-on, with fleshtones, colors and landscape of the Carolina countryside accurately rendered...and beautifully so. Perhaps a SLIGHT bit of grain in a couple of scenes, but it wasnt distracting as it was on Buena Vista's "Crimson Tide" DVD. Has anyone seen the Patriot Superbit DVD, or heard its DTS soundtrack? Some say it improves this DD soundtrack, others say they are identical...is this DVD worth trading up for the Superbit? Is the DTS shockingly better?