And I concur with Mr. Harris. There is no DNR on this transfer. It is not an old master. The film is loaded with opticals - of course, let me first note that those doing the loudest complaining, you know, the usual suspects, haven't seen the transfer at all. Some of the opticals go on for a VERY long time, sometimes as long as five minutes. Of course those look soft, that's the way they've always looked and always will look - of course, you'd had to have actually seen the film projected to understand that, but it's also obvious from every other home video release on this film. Several of the lengthy outdoor sequences were also shot with a heavy diffusion filter and those have that look - that's the way it's always been and always will be. The shots that are not opticals all look fine, have excellent detail (you can see fabrics for the first time ever) and it looks like - wait for it - The Great Escape. And the color is absolutely perfect - all previous home video releases have been incorrect - thank goodness this time they got it right. But thanks to that other site and its reviewer and the sheep that follow him, this transfer has received unfair reaction and if I were MGM/UA I would just throw up my hands and license everything to Twilight Time, Olive, Criterion, or Image. Horrible.
I think we all know now to discount immediately the members of this forum who consistently and constantly make pronouncements without having actually seen the transfer. Those comments are useless and should be disregarded immediately by everyone.