Up front, this is not a movie review. For anyone who hasn't seen it - buy it. If you can't afford it, eat frozen peas until you can.
It is a monumental and epic achievement and totally deserving tribute to the heroes of the WWII campaign in Europe. IMHO, this movie/series has no peer except for Saving Private Ryan.
With that said, I have been dismayed at the inconsistent picture quality. I was expecting great things from this new anamorphic release. Instead, the picture quality is generally only good, occasionally it is very good, and sometimes it is downright disappointing and distracting.
There are a few scenes that are so grainy you'd swear someone totally missed cleaning them up. To add insult to injury, the worst looking scene was sandwiched in-between two really great looking scenes so it was even more noticeable.
Has anyone else noticed this? Was this the fault of HBO?
Sound quality in DTS is very good, and the use of surrounds is effective during battle sequences.
The LFE track certainly contains all the right stuff, frequency-wise, but was mastered a little on the conservative side for an such intense war movie. Clicking up the sub two notches at the receiver worked fine to add the needed room shaking impact during scenes like the L-88 shelling at Bastogne.