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Picked this one up on the way home and just finished watching it earlier this evening.

My first impressions are that it isn't quite up to pristine reference quality standards. The image looks a tad on the soft side, and I didn't really spot too much fine detail that a really good BD transfer is capable of - still a step up from the DVD (which I was never impressed with).

What I found most noticeable was how dark the night and indoor scenes are. There are certain shots where you can barely make out what's happening on screen: for the first-time viewer, one or two of the non-spoken exchanges between Uncas and Alice may not be immediately apparent, for example (this wonderfully understated part of the film I feel is one of its most powerful elements). I eventually concluded that the entire movie is basically an excercise in natural minimalist lighting. Sometimes this works very well in terms of setting the mood, but other times I still felt it was a little too dark to follow the action.

The audio was ok - nothing spectacular. The surrounds weren't particularly active. Highlights being the siege of the fort, and I also liked how the LFE was handled through the entire chase through the rapids and waterfall scene.

The additions/changes to this 'Definitive cut' will be apparent to those familiar with the film, but it doesn't really change the story in any significant way.

So after the first viewing, I'd give both PQ/AQ 3/5.

The movie itself, 5/5 of course :)
 

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Watched it last night and was disappointed. I love the movie, but had higher expectations for sound and picture quality, both of which I thought were not much better than DVD. Some of the indoor close-up shots were downright blurry. I also was expecting more from the DTS-MA track, which is the main reason I purchased the Blu-ray disk. It was good, but not better than DD5.1.

On top of that, Future Shop double billed my Debit card, so now I have to return and get them to fix that! Not very happy. Might as well have downloaded it.

I think I should just stay away from Director's cuts altogether. I almost always prefer the theatrical release.

-Mike
 
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