Nice pics there petoluk, thank you. Those Blu-ray shots actually look very nice - and amazingly good given all the negative comments! Only $20 for it new on eBay including shipping from UK to Canada, I've placed a bid since I can play it on my PC and convert to 24p.
Too bad about the fugly cover art.
Some of the pics do look soft, but the grain structure alone is a dead giveaway as being true HD and NOT an upconversion. Nevermind 480 or 576, there is actually greater than 720p detail there (though partly due to the MPEG-2 blocking).
The reason you don't see much of an upgrade isn't because the Blu-ray is bad, it's because the EiV DVD is awesome! It's obviously using the same master as the BD, so the only difference is in resolution. And their downconversion is utilizing 720x576 resolution to its fullest extent, with no additional blurring like on most DVDs.DVD
vs Blu-ray->720x576->1920x1036 (Photoshop bicubic resize)
vs Blu-ray raw
(all at 200% pixel resize):
It's not an exactly correct resolution test since I forgot to take your cropping into account. Either way, that's a really impressive-looking DVD in my opinion. The Blu-ray could be improved with a higher bitrate or more efficient codec but I don't think this movie is going to look much better.
By the way, just a tip: if you aren't already, you should be using BT.709 colorimetry for your Blu-ray captures. I think this is why the colors are more pinkish vs the DVD in that red-bathed shot. If you're using AviSynth for the Blu-ray shots as well you can add ConvertToRGB(matrix="rec709")
to the end of your script (the correct line for DVD colors would be ConvertToRGB(matrix="rec601")
which is likely already being done automatically).