Thanks to Xylon for the excellent screen shots. I already have the HD DVD and was considering triple dipping to the Blu-ray version for convenience (no japanese menus etc) since I love the series so much, and rewatch it regularly, but now I will just stick with HD DVD.
Allow me a little analogy to explain whether "a little DNR" is important:
Suppose this was a site for exquisite wine. If you were able to buy a 1995 Cheval Blanc (a 4000 dollar wine) and a particular vendor added 2 milliliters of Coca Cola to it in order to "sweeten it", I am sure noone would argue that "2 milliliters isn't that much". The real point would be - Why is Coca Cola being mixed into the fine wine to begin with?
Since this is the AVScience forum where everyone strives for the best presentation as close to the original product as possible, I think this is the perfect place to have such a discussion - in a respectful tone of course. The point is not that everyone should boycott the Blu-ray version which, but that the studios should stop DNR filtering of their releases. If someone likes smoothing, they can do it in their own equipment, instead of having it in the source material.
Ps. In keeping with the board being about movies, my analogy used a particular wine from a movie about wines