With all due respect -- no way. In that frame I grabbed and posted over at the Classic Horror Film Board those support rods are gone. It may be a case of something such as Darrell S. has suggested, but it's not just a case of "the grayscale being handled so well". I certainly do not think this is any big deal at all. It was just interesting to me to find the rods, pointed out so clearly in the Cinefex article, had been removed; doubly so because, as many have mentioned, they made a point of leaving in all the other support rods, surface gauges, etc.