Watched DRAH today and basically I thought it looked incredible compared to SD.
I’m not sure what kind of digital cleaning was done on the transfer, but it doesn’t look like much as grain & print damage are noticeable throughout and sometimes very noticeable.
I do see what looks like possible over-sharpening in some scenes. Its most noticeable during the brighter daytime scenes. It could also be compression issues or a combination of both.
I viewed with English audio and the track is clear and without level problems. Dialogue is loud and crisp, music is loud and present, and gunshots/fx sound good. There is a bit of distortion on the audio at points, as well as occasional crackle and whatnot, but nothing unexpected. Actually the pops and short crackles, like the grain & print damage, never become excessive or in the way, and add to the feel of watching a film.
I gotta say its a pleasure to view in HD and despite some issues, it still looks excellent. Like I’ve said about some other blu-rays, it was almost like watching it for the first time again. It really explodes on the screen with the opening scenes, and the fast cuts with Bill’s target-shooting & flashbacks just carry a lot of energy in HD.
I’d say there’s room for improvement on a larger sized encoding with higher bitrate, and if possible a fresh transfer, but I’m definitely pleased with this release.
I put the MGM DVD in right after viewing to compare, and it is obviously the same print because the same print damage can be seen, but the BluRay looks waaaayyyyyy better PQ wise. The audio is also much better on the Blu. Its a huge step up from the MGM DVD in my opinion, and the screenshot comparisons just don’t do it justice. There really is a substantial difference.
Has German/English/Italian options for both audio and subtitle tracks.
The extra featurette is a 36min interview segment with screenwriter Giulio Petroni and assistant director Enrico Bergier, in Italian w/ English or German subtitles, and English audio for a couple of audio only segments with JPL. Its almost a bit overlong but does give some interesting info on the film title, LVC, JPL, and the rest of the crew.