I finially picked up a copy of the german import of "Pieces". I know that Grindhouse has this in the cards for a future release but I was just too damned anxious to see Pieces in a respectable presentation and didn't want to wait 2 years or so until Grindhouse gets thiers out. Before I picked this release up I looked around for reviews or comments on it, and didn't find hardly a thing. So I figured I would help anyone else here that may have been curious about this release like I was. I'll keep this brief but it'll at least give you an idea... - First I would like to say that this release is not region 2 as stated on the box and at many dealers sites. It is actually region 0,PAL. - Video: Beautiful. I can't say how pleased I was finially to see this movie in it's original aspect ratio (approx 1.66:1 and not 16x9 enhanced). The image is much sharper and brings out alot more detail. I was also surprised to see how much picture was missing on the previous pan and scan vhs/dvd releases. There is very little grain and the dark scenes have decent contrast, for once you can actually see whats going on during them. About the only real flaws with the transfer are white specs and vertical lines. These show up from time to time throughout the film but not to the point of being distracting. There is also quite a bit of edge enhancement visible, but to me that only reassures you that finially your seeing a transfer thats not ported from an old vhs tape, work has actually been done. Colors are also much more natural, not bleeding and over-saturated like on the diamond disc. I compared the two transfers and they're as different as night and day. - Audio: Not much to say, 2 channel dolby digital mono with option of german or english language soundtrack, oddly the english track sounds better (I would have expected the german track to be superior). I will say though that the audio is an improvement over the diamond release. Dialog is much less muffled, but still nothing sensational. _________________Extras________________________ - Trailer: I've always been wanting to see how this film was advertised. The trailer has no voice over, just clips of the film with some simple optical effects at the beginning. But still pretty cool. - Still Gallery: This was just a compilation of scenes from the film. But presented in a clever way by having puzzle pieces as thumbnails, with the bloody nude puzzle in the background. - Goofs: This was narrated in german language which I don't speak but it's basically screw ups in the film that are pointed out to the viewer and presented with text and narration followed by the clips. Actually this would be cool to see on an american release. - Bios: Text bios for the cast/crew that are also narrated in german. I actually started to like this narration idea, some on- screen text can be hard to read. There is also a small seperate text/narration essay on Pieces itself. - Making Of: As stated by someone on this board before this is not the making of Pieces. Just a short subject titled "Making Of A Horror Film" which is in english and covers the making of a santa claus themed slasher from the UK. But, this film is in fact related to Pieces. Edmund Purdom who played the character of the Dean (killer) in Pieces directs this slasher being documented. He provides an interview in which he claims an ex tried to murder him via hair dryer in the shower. It's quite amusing but I doubt I would watch it again. - The animated menus are also pretty well done. Much unlike the generic menu provided on the diamond release. Well, there's my little half assed review. The quality is a great improvment over what your used to, especially in the image quality department. I would recommend this disc to any impatient fan of Pieces that doesn't want to wait for the Grindhouse release to see a decent letterboxed presentation. Grindhouse's will no doubt be superior but may take a dogs age to see the light of day.