Welcome to the forum Andy. Yea we are running a love hate relationship with this release. I wish it weren't so.1st post and I’ve got to say I wish it would have been a more upbeat one.
I've just received the Blu Ray and from a quick scan I prefer the majority of these on the Essentials Collection. They really are soft and veiled looking here.
Scram! looks much more detailed and sharper on the Essential Collection DVD. I decided to keep the DVD version as my goto as the blu ray is very poor for this title. The blacks are all very grey looking but most disturbingly most of the rain in the early scenes has been digitally removed! Whole scenes with visible heavy rain on the DVD look totally smooth. The screen grabs below show the effect but it really is much more noticeable in the moving image.
I’ll check the rest in more detail over the coming days and hopefully my opinion will change but I’m not optimistic.
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I really want to support the restoration of the L&H stuff so I bought it and I love the material but I wish, I wish, I wish...