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Video: How Does the Disc Look?
We only got a standard-def edition of Hope Springs for review, but even so, this disc is solid. Presented in its original 2.40:1 aspect ratio, this anamorphic widescreen transfer is just about as good as it gets, sporting solid detail quality, vivid color accuracy (both flesh tones and deep hues look great), and very little in terms of compression artifacting or aliasing. It goes without saying that a high-def edition is probably the way to go, but even as a lowly DVD, Hope Springs looks fantastic.
Audio: How Does the Disc Sound?
The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix is a bit less elegant than this disc's video presentation, but it still delivers the goods. Music comes in way overloud in certain sequences, but dialogue is always audible, and surrounds have a nice, immersive feel to them. A lossless presentation would no doubt offer more in terms of fidelity and richness, but for standard-def, this track is just fine.
A French Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is included, as are English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles.