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The latest HD image quality rankings

HD DVD/Blu-ray

It’s been well over a month since I last posted by list of image quality grades for high definition titles, so I thought it would make sense to do it just now, while there seems to be something of a lull in other news worth posting.

Note that I’ve made a slight change to the rankings. From now on, if a title is available on both HD DVD and Blu-ray, and is known to have an identical encode, it will be listed under both. Broadly speaking, the same encodes have been used in every country of release, provided the same company owns the rights, but this is not always the case (for example with Casino Royale, where different edits necessitate different masters for different territories, or Serenity, where the UK release features a slightly more detailed transfer than its US counterpart).


  • Corpse Bride (Warner, USA, HD DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Casino Royale (Sony Pictures, USA, Blu-ray)
  • Serenity (Universal, UK, HD DVD)
  • Serenity (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner, UK, HD DVD)
  • The Descent (Lions Gate, USA, Blu-ray)


  • King Kong (Universal, UK, HD DVD)
  • Babel (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • Looney Tunes: Rabbit Hood (Warner, USA, HD DVD)*
  • Children of Men (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • A Scanner Darkly (Universal, USA, HD DVD/Blu-ray)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (Warner, USA)
  • Miami Vice (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Sony Pictures, USA, Blu-ray)
  • Casablanca (Warner, USA, HD DVD)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Warner, UK, HD DVD/Blu-ray)


  • Silent Hill (Sony Pictures, USA, Blu-ray)
  • Kingdom of Heaven (20th Century Fox, USA, Blu-ray)
  • Constantine (Warner, USA, HD DVD)
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Paramount, USA, HD DVD)
  • The Devil’s Rejects (Lions Gate, USA, Blu-ray)
  • Unleashed (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • Red Dragon (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • Looney Tunes: Robin Hood Daffy (Warner, USA, HD DVD)*
  • Land of the Dead (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • V for Vendetta (Warner, USA, HD DVD)
  • The Machinist (Toshiba, Japan, HD DVD)
  • Sleepy Hollow (Paramount, USA, HD DVD)
  • Million Dollar Baby (Warner, USA, HD DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Flightplan (Buena Vista, USA, Blu-ray)
  • Batman Begins (Warner, UK, HD DVD)
  • Van Helsing (Universal, UK, HD DVD)


  • Wolf Creek (The Weinstein Company, USA, HD DVD)
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Sony Pictures, UK, Blu-ray)
  • Tears of the Sun (Sony Pictures, UK, Blu-ray)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • The Mummy Returns (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Warner, USA, HD DVD)


  • Chicago (Buena Vista, USA, Blu-ray)
  • Enemy of the State (Buena Vista, USA, Blu-ray)
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Constantin Film, Germany, HD DVD)
  • Fantastic Four (20th Century Fox, UK, Blu-ray)
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Paramount, USA, HD DVD)
  • Hostel (Sony Pictures, UK, Blu-ray)
  • An American Werewolf in London (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • Brokeback Mountain (Universal, USA, HD DVD)
  • Troy (Warner, UK, HD DVD)
  • Basic Instinct (Studio Canal, France, HD DVD)


  • District B13 (Magnolia, USA, Blu-ray)


  • American Psycho (Lions Gate, USA, Blu-ray)

* Found on the The Adventures of Robin Hood HD DVD.

Posted: Monday, April 09, 2007 at 2:51 PM
Categories: Animation | Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD

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