Wrt Cash's post quoted above: that's the big one isn't it? Not if Police Story and OUATIC are bad, but WHY exactly they are bad. Looking at the two Lee's it doesn't seem like the distrib/publisher chain (FS and Kam&Ronson) has a habit of doing SD. And that's what those two look like, not just bad old HK stuff, like DVD.
We expect bad old HK stuff in high def, warts and all. We don't expect upscaled DVD. Two different things.
If however what we see here are really FS's new HD masters and you're right Cash, if it's really down to the prints, then so be it. I'm not going to wait for it or delude myself, but after swapping BDs and DVDs for PS and OUATIC for an evening, there's evidence to support both theories.
First the encodes look very different from the DVDs on both. PS has a lot more grain in it, OUATIC less grain, much less noise and print damage and visible DNR. To counter that they both produce the same EE as the DVDs. Exactly the same not only in amount, but in look. In HD, EE will typically be thinner and clearer, DVD is blotchy and fat. Looking at the letterboxing the EE is blotchy, blurry and fat, identical to the DVDs. There's not only little detail (print), the lines aren't as clear and defined as they'd be in HD. This is obvious as early as the opening logos. On the other hand there were a few scenes where I could reproduce detail in OUATIC that I couldn't on the DVD.
All of this is pure conjecture, but it looks like they're derived from the same master as the DVDs, which weren't real HD. Better encodes and tons more headroom afford them small amounts of added detail or grain while retaining the shortcomings of an edge enhanced SD source.