Isn't 'New Line Cinema' now a part of Warner and controlled wholly by them? Anyhow, 'New Line' in my opinion has always had great Home Video releases. In fact they have always had atleast one of the best, if not the best audio/video quality on their DVD and BD releases. Personally I think this poor release is simply the result of Warner taking control of 'New Line' releases, which is something I had been afraid of all along since I first read of Warner taking control of New Line. Personally I have always found Warner to have the poorest quality Home Video releases compared to the other major stuidios and it is sad that they now control one of the best Home Video companies. I shudder to think what Warner will do to 'Lord Of The Rings' when it finally makes it to Blu-Ray.