@Faceless Rebel There was no restoration. They simply scanned the best elements they had at 6k. They did a very careful job when doing this. Apparently the reason the new title card has certification on it is because they don't have the original negative of it anymore. There are also a few scenes that are soft and out of focus.
I, too, wish every film got this kind of treatment. It all depends on the existing elements, time, money, and the company doing it. A lot of anime is from existing masters, old transfers, or worse, upscaled from SD.
I can't remember them off the top of my head, but there are a few JPN BDs out there that look on par with this release.
I'm going to have to disagree with you on it being a waste of space for the audio. It's mono mirrored on 2.0. But it's LPCM 24-bit/48KHz, which means it's taking up more space then it needs to since it's not losslessly compressed. I think they could have gone 24-bit/192KHz in DTS-MA and it would have come out only slightly larger than the space it's taking up currently. But since Buena Vista Japan is handling this aka Disney, they were probably cheap bastards and decided not to pay the fees.
Japan has a standard of 9300K. All you have to do is take a look at the WWF logo at the beginning of the film to see they didn't correct the chroma only, they simply tinted the whole damn picture. Spirited Away and Ponyo are also like this.http://pocketnews.cocolog-nifty.com/...post-15f8.html
The film was draw and filmed at 1.85:1. All of their films are. There is no need to crop. It's minor, and it's not a huge issue, but they could have been more careful to present more of the image. You can clearly see inconsistencies between the BD and DVD. For the most part the BD has more information, but you can see parts were there is less.
I'd disagree that Akira was a waste at full audio detail.