And again it doesn't help that Criterion's catalog is largely made up of films that were not taken care of very well and/or chewed up by the rudimentary filming technology of their day.
I honestly don't see the point of a 4k of Rules of the Game. Do you?
Gary whining about the most minute (or in this case not really major) cropping has been his raison d'etre for 20 years now. This is why I finally lost interest in his clickbaity word salad ("The image is tight and HD sourced!") reviews and wildly inaccurate caps some time ago.
Someone got a response from Crtierion at Blu-ray.com:
Basically it does appear the older transfer is the one that wasn't framed correctly. Furthermore DVDBeaver's screencaps are infamous for using the wrong colorspace so I wouldn't put any faith in them at all.
So basically the situation is Criterion's contracts for big studios are so old that they exclude UHD and the stuff they can release they chose not to because...lets be honest...there's little to be gained from 65% of Criterion's Janus catalog beyond 2k.
Yeah sounds about right.