RDarrylR, lasvidfil, & Ian_Currie -- Are you guys saying that the missing detail shown in the flag stars (in post #3 - the Fox War Classics DVD) is an "improvement"? I find that appalling. The BD transfer is missing all of those details (even the Cinema Classics Collection DVD has lost some of those star details), it looks flat. Yes the BD version is "sharper" but it still looks flat (and, yes, "waxey").
I haven't uncorked my Laserdisc version of Patton, so i can't really compare that to my DVD version. However, the "remastered" screw-ups are present everywhere.
I have both the Laserdisc version of the IMAX movie "The Dream Is Alive" (one of the earliest IMAX movies made). I was absolutely horrified by the DVD version - not by the video, but the audio. The LFE on the DVD version was castrated (= almost zero). On the Laserdisc version, my whole house rattled during the first scenes showing the launch of the shuttle. It wasn't as loud and gut shaking as what I felt in a real IMAX theater, but it was there! On the DVD, it sounded like there wasn't any LFE at all, and the low frequencies even seemed to be rolled off, with very little below 40Hz.
Flexx -- On my 106" screen, my DVD version of Patton didn't look that bad (with a top rated DVD player). But I haven't comapred it to my Laserdisc version, as I said.