Based on the book by Heinrich Harrer, Brad Pitt stars in "Seven Years In Tibet" as the famous Austrian mountaineer who was befriended by the young Dalai Lama.
The anamorphically enhanced Superbit 2.40:1 DVD picture exhibits subtle improvements for a smoother, cleaner picture when compared to the previously released DVD. Details which broke apart on the previous version are more solid on the Superbit version, and apparent edge enhancement is slightly minimized. Colors are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are also nicely balanced. (Suzanne Hodges)
The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is a new encoding at 448 kbps, but otherwise is undistinguished from the corresponding audio for the previous DVD. The DTS Digital Surround version seems a bit distinguished in comparison, as a result of slight yet apparent refinements in low-end definition and spatiality. Much of this soundtrack is characterized by relative quiescence, yet with a gentle, quite palpable perception of holosonic
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