I just got round to watching my copy of THE APARTMENT and I was shocked by how bad the PQ was, with all kinds of e.e and artefacts and shimmering. I did a search on this forum and found a general consensus that backed this up. However, I also looked up a few reviews and found very mixed results. For example, from DVD Town - Video: "The Apartment" is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. The format replicates the theatrical release, with wide black bars on top and bottom of the screen. The film is shot entirely in black-and-white, with beautiful, sharp contrasts and bright whites and grays. The video is crisp and sharp, with no noticeable deterioration of the print anywhere. The print appears as close as is possible to perfection, and it's hard to imagine that the quality could be improved in any future release. The DVD is a superb example of a transfer done masterfully. This praise was repeated on several sites. Even the normally reliable Gary Tooze's DVD Beaver comparison - whilst not glowing - mentioned softness but not the shimmering, which is worse than any I can remember seeing. As it's hard for me to imagine that any self-respecting DVD reviewer couldn't notice these problems, it led me to wonder whether the initial run was a bad batch and whether, perhaps, a better transfer had been sneaked out by MGM. Any comments ?