Originally Posted by FitzRoy
Sapphire Series my ****. This format is turning into a ****ing joke.
$40 MSRP to get a recycled DVD transfer filtered to smithereens. And only 1% of the people buying BD seem to care, the rest are perfectly happy so long as it's a step up, however marginal, from the DVD. I shouldn't have to research every goddamn disc for fear of this happening and then import my BD-quality transfers from countries where Hollywood is spelled with a K.
I love when people blame the format. The format has nothing to do with it.
The SAME studio, releasing in the SAME format, also released Braveheart, which everyone here seems to be drooling over.
It is obvious from all of these threads, especially for catalog releases, that the single most crucial factor is what source they had in hand when crafting the bluray.
If they had a 2000 source with all kinds of artifacts in it that were used to "optimize" DVD, then the bluray results likely won't be that good.
While we can all ask "Why didn't they do a new transfer", the simple fact is that the economics of it all come into play. If they think they have a good enough transfer sitting around, they are going to use it for the bluray to save money. Especially in these economic times.
None of this has anything to do with the format though.