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Here are some comparisons between the Australian PAL DVD and the Australia Blu-ray version of this movie. Both discs were from the 'Double Play' version which includes a Blu-ray and a DVD version of the movie, supplied to me by Paramount.
At the top of each is the full frame (suitably shrunk down) used in the comparison, with a 250 pixel wide detail from the frame underneath. The left side is from the PAL DVD. The image was captured digitally from the disc, scaled up from its native 720 by 576 pixel resolution to 1024 by 576 (to present in the correct aspect ratio) by the application. I then scaled it, in order for it to be comparable to the Blu-ray version, to 1,920 by 1,080 pixels.
The detail is from that last scaled version, and has not been rescaled again. The right side is from the Australian Blu-ray. This has not been scaled at all. Different applications were used to capture the two frames, so some caution should be exercised in judging colour and brightness.
For visitors from NTSC lands, generally the PAL DVD is just a touch sharper than the NTSC DVD.
Note the edge enhancement on the DVD version (the light area to the left of the vertical red/brown column), and the lack of clarity around the roof area, as seen on the DVD:
You can't really see the wire of the cage on the DVD version:
This was a surprise: normally prominently shot faces come up reasonably well on DVD, but still the Blu-ray is much, much easier on the eye: