I picked this up tonight and watched it. I also compared it to the non-anamorphic version. While it's great the new version is anamorphic, the two discs look very similar otherwise...the soft and filtered look certainly exists.
BTW, DVDbeaver has a great comparison of the old non-anamorphic R1 version and the R2 PAL version. To my eyes, the new R1 16x9 version looks very much like the R2 PAL from those screen-shots on that site.