Image comparisons

Over the years, I've amassed multiple copies of quite a few films. I set up this section to provide a way for people to compare the image quality across different releases.

Older (pre-2015) comparisons exist as standalone pages created for a much older version of the site. Given the amount of hassle that would have been involved in converting them over to the current layout, I've opted just to leave them with their old designs intact. Newer comparisons link to posts in the main blog.

It's worth noting that my opinions have shifted somewhat in certain cases, particularly as I've become more knowledgeable about the technical aspects of film and digital video. For example, I would no longer argue that the old non-anamorphic Criterion DVD of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is superior to its anamorphic counterpart from MGM. However, rather than simply brush these gaffes under the carpet, I've chosen to preserve them as a snapshot of my thinking at the time.

Last update: 9 March 2018.

Suspiria New

Region A USA Blu-ray (Synapse Films) vs. Region B Italy Blu-ray (VIDEA) vs. Region B UK (CultFilms)

L’amour braque

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 0 Italy DVD vs. Region 2 Japan DVD

Angel: Season 4

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD

Black Book

Region 0 UK DVD vs. Region ABC UK Blu-ray

Casino Royale

Region ABC Finland Blu-ray (2007 Sony Pictures) vs. Region ABC UK Blu-ray (2012 20th Century Fox)

The Descent

Region ABC Australia Blu-ray vs. Region B UK Blu-ray

The Devil’s Rejects

Region 1 Canada DVD vs. Region A USA Blu-ray

Do You Like Hitchcock?

Region 0 Italy DVD vs. Region 2 France DVD

Eyes of Crystal

Region 0 UK DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD

La femme publique

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 France DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD vs. Region 2 Japan DVD

Four Flies on Grey Velvet

Region ABC UK Blu-ray vs. Region ABC Germany Blu-ray

Go

Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region ABC UK Blu-ray

Hannibal

Region ABC UK Blu-ray (old) vs. Region A USA Blu-ray vs. Region ABC Blu-ray (new)

Home Alone

Region A USA Blu-ray (Family Fun Edition) vs. Region A USA Blu-ray (25th Anniversary Edition)

L’important c’est d’aimer

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 France DVD vs. Region 0 Germany DVD vs. Region 2 Spain DVD

In My Skin

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 0 UK DVD

Inferno

Region 2 Italy DVD vs. Region ABC UK Blu-ray vs. Region ABC USA Blu-ray

Kingdom of Heaven

Region A USA Blu-ray (2006 Director’s Cut) vs. Region A USA Blu-ray (2014 Ultimate Edition)

Panic Room

Region 1/3/4 USA DVD (Special Edition) vs. Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD (Special Edition)

Phenomena

Region B UK Blu-ray (2011) vs. Region B UK Blu-ray (2017)

Silent Hill

Region 0 Germany HD DVD vs. Region ABC France Blu-ray

Szamanka

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Japan DVD vs. Region 0 Russia DVD


Defunct comparisons

As some of these comparisons date back more than 15 years, a great many of the discs covered – indeed, the overwhelming majority – have now been superceded by superior releases on either DVD, Blu-ray or even 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. As a result, those marked as Defunct are provided for archival purposes only and should not affect your purchasing decisions.

Aladdin

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD Defunct

All the Colors of the Dark

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Germany DVD Defunct

Amelie

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD Defunct

An American Werewolf in London

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD Defunct

Asterix Conquers America

Region 0 France LaserDisc vs. Region 2 Germany DVD Defunct

Asterix vs. Caesar

Region 0 Australia DVD vs. Region 2 Germany DVD vs. Region 2 France DVD Defunct

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD vs. Region 2 Japan DVD Defunct

The Black Belly of the Tarantula

Region 0 Italy DVD vs. Region 1 USA DVD Defunct

Black Sunday

Region 0 USA DVD (Image Entertainment) vs. Region 1 USA DVD (Anchor Bay) Defunct

Blood and Black Lace

Region 0 USA DVD (Special Edition) vs. Region 0 USA DVD (Ultimate Collector’s Edition) vs. Region 0 Germany DVD Defunct

The Card Player

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD vs. Region 2 Czech DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD Defunct

Danny the Dog / Unleashed

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region 2 France DVD Defunct

Death Carries a Cane

Region 2 Germany DVD vs. Region 2 Austria DVD Defunct

Death Walks at Midnight

Region 0 UK DVD vs. Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

Death Walks on High Heels

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

Deep Red

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Denmark DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD vs. Region 0 Italy WMV-HD DVD Defunct

Enemy of the State

Region 1 USA (Special Extended Edition) DVD vs. Region 2 UK (Re-Mastered Edition) DVD Defunct

Four Flies on Grey Velvet

VHS bootleg 1 vs. VHS bootleg 2 vs. Region 0 Germany DVD Defunct

Gangs of New York

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD Defunct

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Region 0 USA DVD (Image Entertainment) vs. Region 1 USA DVD (Anchor Bay) Defunct

Hannibal

Region 2 UK DVD (original) vs. Region 2 UK DVD (Superbit) Defunct

Home Alone

Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region 1 USA DVD (Family Fun Edition) Defunct

House of Flying Daggers

Region 3 Hong Kong DVD (old) vs. Region 3 Hong Kong DVD (new) Defunct

Howl’s Moving Castle

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region 2 Japan DVD Defunct

Inferno

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

Lady and the Tramp

Region 1 USA DVD (Limited Issue) vs. Region 1 USA DVD (Platinum Edition) vs. Region 2 UK DVD (Special Edition) Defunct

Lilo & Stitch

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin

Region 1 USA DVD (Disc 1) vs. Region 1 USA DVD (Disc 2) vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

Mulan

Region 1 USA DVD (Special Edition) vs. Region 2 UK DVD (old) vs. Region 2 UK DVD (Special Edition) Defunct

The New York Ripper

Region 0 Australia DVD vs. Region 0 Netherlands DVD vs. Region 2 France DVD Defunct

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region 2 Denmark DVD Defunct

The Omen

Region 1 USA DVD (Special Edition) vs. Region 1 USA DVD (Collector’s Edition) Defunct

Opera

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD Defunct

Problem Child

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD Defunct

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

The Rock

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD Defunct

The Silence of the Lambs

Region 0 USA DVD (The Criterion Collection) vs. Region 2 UK DVD (MGM) Defunct

Silent Hill

Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region 0 Germany HD DVD Defunct

Phenomena

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region 2 Japan DVD Defunct

Sleepless

Region 0 UK DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

Spirited Away

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region 4 Australia DVD Defunct

The Stendhal Syndrome

Region 2 Netherlands DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

Suspiria

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD Defunct

Suspiria

Region B Italy Blu-ray vs. Region B UK Blu-ray vs. Region B France Blu-ray vs. Region 0 USA DVD Defunct

Tenebrae

Region 0 USA DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD vs. Region 2 Japan DVD vs. Region 2 Netherlands DVD Defunct

Trauma

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 France DVD vs. Region 2 Italy DVD vs. Region 2 UK DVD Defunct

Underworld

Region 1 USA DVD (Special Edition) vs. Region 1 USA DVD (Unrated) Defunct

Underworld

Region 1 USA DVD (Unrated) vs. Region 0 Germany HD DVD Defunct

Watership Down

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2/4 Australia DVD Defunct

What Have You Done to Solange?

Region 1 USA DVD vs. Region 2 Japan DVD vs. Region 0 Italy DVD Defunct