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I'm not saying the Warner disc retains the grain. Any A/B comparison of the two in motion is easily picked out by the finer grain present in the Paramount encode.
My point was, if I can search for and find the occasional frame in the middle of a sequence with dulled grain that actually keeps it, how can it possibly have been run through a filter prior to encoding? That frame wasn't an edit point either (as in certain DNR'd titles that are clear when the camera angle changes).
With the larger details removed by the VC-1 encode (highlights on the glass in image #1 for example), I don't think it's unlikely that whatever combination of codec, bitrate, encoder settings, etc is to blame rather than a DNR pass.
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