Thanks, Damian. The player feedback helps. I've heard good things about Dune before, but I was hoping to cheap-out with a similar quality solution for less. But if it's not in the cards, I'll bite the cost bullet if need be.
I've been kind of jealous of people who have been using makemkv for free for so long and accomplishing a similar result (i.e., ripped blu-rays with same compression options & parsing of extras as desired) to what AnyDVD HD & any subsequent complementary program could accomplish. Especially as I paid through the nose for that program. Makes me feel a little better now that mkv might not be best suited for my needs anyway. Then again, if "forced subs" only refers to foreign language ones and not English ones as well, which is what I also want to keep, then perhaps my jealousy should remain intact.
As far as VideoReDo w/H.264 and how it may or may not apply, I am still a little vague on keeping all the terminology & methods straight. I haven't been clear if this program can substitute to any extent whatsoever for some of the tasks covered by such oft sited program options as Clown BD, makemkv, tsMuxeR, et all.
If VideoReDo is strictly useful for editing and converting formats from HD/SD broadcast content, so be it. When it comes to blu-rays, if VideoReDo might also turn out to be the best or only candidate for those times when I simply want to edit down to save a particular scene from a film and nothing more, that would be good to know. How having the top-of-the-line version of VideoReDo (which includes H.264) applies to any of this, I'm not exactly sure.