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PleasantvilleR1
    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
  • Colour test screens for TV adjustment
  • Isolated score with commentary by Randy Newman
  • Storyboard content
  • DVD-ROM content including screenplay
    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;
  • Nothing of consequence
    Based on the fact that extra features are present on the Region 1 version, my preference is for the R1 version of this disc.

    In addition, I was able to compare the R4 disc with my personal copy of the Region 2 version. The R2 version seems to contain identical features to the R4 version with the exception of missing the Dolby Digital Egypt trailer. In addition, the R4 menus look nicer (less MPEG artefacts) and are 16x9 enhanced whereas the R2 version menus are not. My slight preference therefore is for the R4 version over R2.

    At first I had the impression that the transfer on the R2 version seem to have less film artefacts (mainly dust and scratches) but comparisons of specific scenes never revealed any real differences. Therefore I conclude that both versions are probably sourced from the same transfer. I have to warn though that the R4 version that I reviewed is a "test" disc but my copy of the R2 version is the release pressing.