Matt..... Cross-forum trolling.... I commend you.
We obviously all want the best release possible, but as stated before, I'll wait to see the actual BD before I make any final determinations. I agree however, based on the screenshots I've seen, it looks bleak.
Suggesting that people are happily lapping it up just because it's a marginal improvement to DVD simply isn't true.
I don't want to discuss Gladiator specifically because I haven't had it in my hands yet.
We all know what happened. Despite ridiculous amounts of DNR I still find it better than the DVD..... would I rather have a more faithful restoration??? OF COURSE. The problem "we" (being people who view audio/video as a hobby as opposed to casual observers) have, is the fact that the average Walmart shopper out there sees grain, and cries foul...... It's because of this, that the studios bastardize releases to cater to the lowest common denominator.
Thank god for Criterion..... at least when they release something, I don't need to scrutinize the image looking for EE and DNR.
Feel free to continue your bashing of Blu-ray.com I don't understand how so many people on both sides are unable to enter a discussion with an open mind.