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Highlander: 15th Anniversary EditionR4
    This one is rather an interesting comparison, at least on paper;

    The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;

  • Audio Commentary with Russell Mulcahy (Director), Peter Davis (Producer) and William Panzer (Producer)
  • Photo Gallery with literally hundreds of stills
  • THX certification
    The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on;
  • 16x9 enhancement
  • Interview with Christopher Lambert
  • Menu and Scene Selection Animation & Audio
  • Cast & Crew Filmographies
  • Music Video
    The comparison gets complicated because it seems as if the Region 1 version is either out-of-print or imminently about to go out-of-print and hence seems to be hard to get. Having said that, it was being offered for not much more than $10 US not all that long ago. However, based on a direct comparison...

    The Region 1 transfer is horrible. It has got to be the grainiest transfer that I have ever seen, particularly in the Scottish Highland scenes. It is all but unwatchable. If I were to give the video a rating, it would be 1 star or perhaps 1.5 stars, it is that bad.

    The Region 4 transfer, on the other hand, as described previously, is superb. There is no comparison here between the two - the Region 4 version is so far superior visually to the Region 1 version that it isn't even a vaguely close contest. But...

    The Region 1 extras are undoubtedly better. The commentary track is a very good one, and the photo gallery is excellent. What to do?

    Undoubtedly, the Region 4 version is the version of choice for the transfer, but if you can source a Region 1 copy, it is worth buying for the extras alone. You'll never watch the Region 1 version for the transfer as it is horrendous in comparison to the Region 4 version, but you will enjoy the extras.