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Jeff Kleist of the Digital Bits says that it's a new transfer, although it does indeed look pretty soft still. I guess a Japanese company couldn't go back to the original negatives though (Mr. Kleist didn't give many details), so perhaps they only used an interpositive or later generation film material for the transfer. Hopefully a full restoration will happen in the future, perhaps for the 20th anniversary in 2011.