After getting a hold of the Controversial Classics boxset from Warners I settled on watching Bad Day At Black Rock first. Given that it is 51 years old and was also filmed on Eastman film stock it still managed to look pretty good. The opening shots with the credits was in somewhat rougher condition but at the point where they end it improves noticeably. I did find an unfortunate amount of speckling throughout the film but it did not distract enough to cause any real concern. It should be noted that it was viewed with a front projector which tends to magnify any problems so smaller displays will most likely help produce a better looking image - I'm just picky.I have no idea what the condition of the original elements are in but know that Warners did what they could. After watching The Sea Chase and The Train Robbers as examples to compare against - Bad Day was a bit more washed out looking and not quite as sharp but overall still above average. The sound track was also satisfactory with both dialogue and the music score offering no surprises - easy to follow with good detail as well. The OAR was 2:55 from what I could see so no issues there. Along with the audio commentary and Trailer it would have been nice to perhaps have a featurette but overall a good effort by Warners. It will be great to finally retire my MGM laserdisc - which reminds me, was there anything substantial to the Criterion release in the way of extra features? I know it had a commentary as well. The colours on my laserdisc seemed more saturated - seemed to lean towards a warmer look - not necessarily accurate of course. DVD Beaver has a good review up on the Controversial Classics boxset.