Not knowing your viewing preference or display chain no one can really say if your disc is defective.
My experience with the disc has been stellar, overall no DNR or EE except for perhaps one or two instances, otherwise it appears as a proper transfer should look.
The only issues that have been reported by folks have been compression artifacts, and those maybe due to particular display chains having problems with the disc or there may indeed be a defective encode floating out there.
It seems unlikely that you have a version that is overly soft, the simplest explanations would be something in your display chain has been changed, you are accustomed to DNRed and EE releases, or you have mistaken the DVD for the BR.
Hope you can find a resolution to the problem.
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