After having carefully examined large chunks of the remaster again, there is a caveat to report, though not one to even remotely disqualify the transfer as a whole. During the complete battle sequence and some scenes that play out in the vicinity of the battlefield, it seems the people responsible for the transfer deemed certain parts a bit too murky and drab to be considered HD and therefore decided to fiddle around a bit with the brightness-, contrast- and colour-settings to make these parts come across more vivid. These manipulations can come and go in a flash, often literally appearing and disappearing from one shot to the next. For example, the infamous moment where many of the arrows and fireballs disappear in the non-remastered version now has blue (!) trees instead of green and clearly demonstrates contrast boosting and possibly some brightness too, but the shots directly surrounding it don't. Another example is the shot where an on the run Maximus rides on his horse wounded and in a daze, marred by very obvious ringing in the non-remastered version, it thankfully doesn't have any of the ringing here, but looks much brighter... a bit too bright actually, because some of the cloud detail disappears due to overradiance. Maximus himself on the other hand can be seen a bit better... but should it be like that?
There's no reason to let this deter anyone from going for this version though, because just about all the rest of the movie simply is blu-ray at its droolworthy best!