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Having viewed both, I think I actually prefer the Anchor Bay/Starz disc. The baked-in noise reduction doesn't seem so aggressive on the AB because, unlike the Arrow version, it hasn't got a layer of clumpy grain that is disturbed by movement (think of the DNR on the original crew Trek movies).
If anything, the noise reduction artefacts stand out even more on the Arrow version; there's a shot of Scotty Reiniger yelling "Peter!" just after he shoots the zombie in the red check shirt at the airfield, and as he moves off screen right you can see his outline trailing after him. Ugh.
I'm not saying this stuff isn't there on the AB version, because it is, but the softer look takes the edge off and it's less distracting to me. It's got the proper mono audio too.