writes "Ridley Scott's Gladiator will be released on Blu Ray on September 1st. Early reports are in that the studio behind this release has applied heavy processing resulting in arrows and spears disappearing from the image. Detail also suffers and edge enhancement which is a sharpening tool adds a halo like image around the borders of objects and people.
Click here and here to see mouseover comparisons which show the extent of the damage done to the move, and note also the processed look of the image.
Edge enhancement is an unnecessary evil on high definition content and is usually only applied if too much digital noise reduction or heavy processing has reduced image detail. The usual reason for doing this is because they are using a very old master and do not want to pay to strike a new one so instead apply additional processing."