Well, this is interesting. I got it this afternoon at the local Blockbuster store. I've only got as far as "You Know My Name" and the freerunning sequence, but that told me everything I needed to know in terms of sound. To my ears -- and on our Sony compact stereo system -- this sounds vastly improved over the DVD we got before; the sound is crisp, and I can actually hear Chris Cornell's vocals over the accompaniment. with the original DVD, we had to play around a fair bit with the sound levels to get it to sound even remotely close to what it sounded like in the cinema.OK, so is the version being released in North America the UK version? My understanding is that that was edited differently than what we saw in the U.S. and Canada (longer stairwell fight scene), etc.
It's the same as the 2006 UK cinema and 2007 UK DVD versions.
Also, is the sound any better on this one (the HD version)? We really had to play around with the sound on our stereo (admittedly not for audiophiles) to make it sound halfway decent.
No the version released in the U.S. is identical to the original DVD released in the U.S. so its the PG-13 cut of the film and the audio on the SD DVD is the same as the old version (however this was on a regular TV and not a sound system) however the video quality did improve slightly (sharper and this improved the colors). I don't know about the Blu-ray since I do not own that.
Granted, we have a limited stereo system, so I expect some of that, but it was rather disappointing to pop in the DVD and get all excited to watch one of our favourite films of all time, only to be underwhelmed by the sound quality. That doesn't seem to be the case this time around. Maybe we got a lemon with the original release? Dunno. I'm quite happy with this, and am looking forward to watching all the new extras. (Especially as the forecast is calling for 25 to 30 centimetres of snow tomorrow . . . ack!) I also appreciate the coupon for a free "Quantum of Solace" ticket . . . though if last time was any indication, I'll be a repeat customer, so they'll make a few bucks off of me!