Yeah, I respect Kenny Johnson a lot, but the whole "I was shooting it in widescreen for a theatrical presentation" always sounds like BS to me when I actually watch the film. He may have framed them in a way that minimized the loss when cropped, but it - does - look odd in some shots. I am concerned about the aspect ratio, which you pretty much voiced how I feel about it when watching the DVD. I am also a huge fan of the musical score, but I am more of a fan of having the original sound mix as an option. But if the blu ray sound is mixed better than the DVD, which made the new sound effects really loud with the dialog lower, then that's fine honestly. I still will pass on this release, the picture will bug me no end. You did point up that vintage SF shows with heavy effects work doesn't really benefit fro HD. Even classic Trek with the TOS-R effects shows too much: Shatner's toupee line, Nimoy's ear seams, and so on. Until fairly recently, production companies hid behind the low res TVs and poor signals. HD takes away that safety net.