I've received the actual Blu-Ray and am almost surprised to find that it is actually worse in motion than the screencaps had prepared me for.
Usually some faults of a transfer are diminished when viewed live, but not here. There is noticeable motion judder, as if every other frame was skipped, and the previously smooth animation is now jerky and staccato. I suspect this is due to the heavy noise reduction having a hard time identifying the minute movement between cells and then playing catch-up every other frame.
The linework is also completely gone, as is any detail in the backgrounds, They really do look like impressionist oil paintings. The darker scenes are even harder to make out, now that what little detail was visible has been smoothed to oblivion.
The credited "restorationists" and associated labs should be ashamed of themselves. I wouldn't want this title on my resumé.
As for the longevity of this thread, I am enjoying the drama surrounding the apparent cover-up that Koch is perpetrating. The fact that Koch representatives defend this product so fiercely is very amusing. Claiming conspiracies, that viewers simply have their sets set up wrongly, that all choices were made with the approval of (or in the spirit of) the original filmmakers. Not to mention the whole pornstar appeal to leave 5-star reviews on Amazon and the same war of words happening on the feedback over on YouTube. You absolutely could not make this stuff up. Priceless entertainment, this.
I only wish that someone from the industry would shine a light on this, but I guess speaking out against a peer is a no-no. Both Bill Hunt and Robert Harris have been deathly quiet about this. I can only see this release as impacting negatively on the perception of the Blu-Ray format and would expect the patent holders at least to have objections to it.