Originally Posted by qz3fwd
Maybe intentional. Think about it. "Limited" edition -> artificial scarcity -> premium price gouging. Now if youre gonna take a 10 year old crummy DVD transfer and "enhance" it for your new BD release, why on earth would you want to send out advance review copies to reviewers and give those collectors time to cancel their orders if the perception after the reviews is that the release is not up to the collectors standards. Follow the money. Call me cynical......
You know, you could be called a lot worse than cynical for making suppositions which you clearly know nothing about in terms of this release. But, I shall refrain. The Mysterious Island Blu, which I saw an advance copy of three weeks ago, is splendid. No freezing or jumping on my player, but it is dual layered and that does happen occasionally with dual layered discs. As has been stated here and ignored by you, this transfer is licensed from Sony - Sony will not license ANYTHING that is, according to Grover Crisp, not ready for Blu-ray. There are no DVD transfers being licensed to anyone - they make brand new transfers using the latest technology. The word "restored" and or "restoration" has been rendered meaningless by people on these boards and by the studios themselves. If the negative is in good shape, there is no restoration - just a good transfer will do the trick, and Sony does good transfers.
As to someone's pontification that the image is uneven, of course it's uneven - half the film is multi-pass opticals and uneven is standard issue for that - the production non-optical photography looks just as it should - sharp and beautiful. Anytime an optical occurs, especially one with more than one optical element, will of course have a degraded, less sharp, and grainer look.