Originally Posted by QuasidodoJr
Just finished watching my U.S. copy. The movie's great, so I don't really need to say much else about that aspect of it.
As for picture quality, I'd probably give it a 7.5/10. It's not demo material, but it still looks pretty sharp. There doesn't appear to be any kind of digital manipulation. Fine detail is noticeable most of the time, although there are quite a few shots with soft focus. There were also a few rare occasions where the blacks crushed a bit, but it's never really distracting. The black levels, overall, are fairly good. Shadow delineation could certainly be better, however. On the whole, though, this looks much better than the print I saw in an old, art house theater, which had it slightly out of focus and the print itself was riddled with damage. I'm pleased with the transfer.
The audio, I'd give a 6.5/10. As I mentioned earlier, the U.S. disc only has lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtracks, one in Swedish and one in English dubbing. But the track that's on here certainly isn't bad. The film itself is mostly dialog, but it's a nice mix. The dialog is clear and doesn't get lost in the score. I'm sure it would have sounded better with a lossless soundtrack. However, I don't think the soundtrack included is inferior enough to detract any fans from picking this disc up.
Overall, I'd give it a recommendation. If the audio is too much of an issue for you, I'm sure you can wait and import a disc somewhere down the road that will have a lossless soundtrack and English subtitles. The rest of us can be happy with this release.