The new anamorphically enhanced Superbit DVD (framed at 1.85:1) exhibits noticeable improvements in fine detail and definition when compared to the previously reviewed DVD (Issue 31). The Superbit image is cleaner and sharper, with finer details detected in the backgrounds, clothing textures, and facial details. Even shadow delineation offers greater depth into backgrounds when compared to the previous version. Colors are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. The picture is clean and smooth, but occasionally has an intentionally gritty appearance to visually enhance the storytelling. There is a small amount of edge enhancement detected, but its presence is not terribly distracting. (Suzanne Hodges)
The first thing that grabbed my interest was the DVD reviews. But after I purchased that first issue and read the reviews, I got hooked on all of the other information contained in each issue. I had adopted the DVD format fairly early on, and I have had a strong preference for widescreen, dating back to my VHS days. The technical information is a godsend. I feel that I have saved so much money by avoiding inferior quality DVDs. I was very ignorant about the technology out there for home theatre and was not aware of the resources I had that were really going to waste. (5.1 in my movie collection) I read and read and read and finally updated my antiquated system. It is such a wonderful joy to turn down the lights, turn up the sound, and enjoy movies more than I ever could at a theatre. I knew it was worth it even more when my wife said, “Cool” as we watched The Others with true surround sound. Widescreen Review has actually helped improve my quality of life!