"As for the quality of the masters, we're using those we acquired from the original owner (not to be confused with the previous licensee). Many of these episodes, particularly in the first season, had multiple sources. We went through each one and found the best source available and are using those. Like I said, the footage looks good."
No one could read that and not presume they were going to see considerable improvement in the S1 episodes. If that isn't an indication that this is going to justify having S1 all over again, I don't know what else it could be.
The criticism of Shout needs to be marginalized to where its justified, but on this specific matter it most certainly is justified and it is another in a series of black marks Shout has accumulated in the last couple years.
I read it and didn't presume anything of the sort from it other then what it stated that they took what they got and picked the best from the lot. How could Shout! presume to know exactly how infinity/Roxbury approached it? There is nothing in that text to qualify whether Shout! did or did not follow the same approach, or would have different results. With the overuse of terms like "remastered" I don't take any verbage from a producer seriously until either i or someone I trust reviews it.
The only problem I see is that some took unquantifiable information and ran with it, overhyped it into something it wasn't, and now they are disappointed because they didn't get what they wanted. Like any release, from anyone (e.g., Shout!, Timeless, Infinity, MPI, CBS/Paramount, WB, WBA) it is best to try to keep it all in perspective. In general, independents are not going to have the best sources (as Gary referenced) as major studio's.
Would I have preferred to have a single season 4 release? Absoutely. Will there be one in the future? Maybe. We don't know how the licensing was structured or the details involved in deciding how to best prepare this release. I don't expect any company to do something just for my benefit (or a fans). If it was this approach or no season 4, then I'm willing to bite because i want it bad enough. Same as when i buy a higher priced WBA or CBS title.
I also don't understand when people act as if there are stuck with something when they double dip, or there is no value, or they can only give it away for nothing. There is a used market. I traded in my Route 66's, Fugitive's, Barney Miller's, Avengers, Dark Shadows, etc before moving up to complete sets to offset some of the cost (usually getting around 25% of purchased price). Some actually make money by going the ebay or marketplace route, i keep it simple and just use Amazon's trade in approach.