Neither did I. I thought the DVD looked excellent, considering the technical limits. I saw the film a few times back when it was released and I thought it looked spectacular. There was something really special about the color in THE HANGING TREE. And I felt the DVD suggested as best it was able to that visual appeal. The colors (from a nearly 60 year remove) seemed fairly accurate and nicely rendered. Of course, the DVD was just good enough to suggest how much better the film would look on Blu. And perhaps that's why many people on this forum are calling the DVD "crap". Not because it's inherently inferior, but because it's just good enough to demonstrate how much better it could be in HD.