Originally Posted by wuther
Since I have never read of people walking out on the early Bond films to protest the film quality when originally released.
And you assume that the film elements are in the exact same condition today as they were 50 years ago?
I would take the flawed original look over Lowrys smeared, grain hanging version any day. You can still see the print damage in the Thunderball BD making the Lowry smudging pointless. Sure a by hand full restoration would be best but Lowry's improvements' are not the next best thing even if it's the assumed home video preferred look, I like the film look better.
I was extremely critical of the Thunderball Blu-ray when it was released. Mine was one of the few negative reviews of that disc on the net at the time. So don't think I'm giving Lowry a free pass here.
However, your blanket condemnation of everything they do is misguided at best. You can't claim that these movies would be better without Lowry processing without seeing what the source looked like prior to the processing.
Despite their flaws, most of the Bond Blu-rays look far, far better than any previous video editions of the films.