Not to get too analytical but the mpeg-2 version of the 2nd capture has more shadow detail if you crank up the brightness in the 2nd pic. The vc-1 encode seems to clip directly to black whereas the mpeg-2 is more gradual:
The mpeg-2 encode has a little bit of a red push in it for some reason. Maybe it stole it from the Flags of Our Fathers comparison.
Weird. I didn't much care for the movie but always figured it'd be nice to own since it'd at least look great and has a few cool parts, glad importing is an option. Thanks for the screen shot comparisons (any word on a Blu re-master? I can't imagine it was a particularly huge movie).
I can't say I'd notice the difference while watching the movie with absolute certainty (I watch movies on a 109" 720p setup) but the difference is definitely noticeable here.
I think the VC-1 encode is slightly bigger than the mpeg-2.
I don't see any antenna, just noise. I still think the mpeg-2 version has better detail though, or at least better contrast. The smoothing effect of vc-1 is really annoying. Is there any way to turn that off?
The HDNet version has the typical MPEG-2 RED cast which is replaced by crushed blacks and green tint on HDM. Why on earth are there people who want to deliberately take-off some essential picture elements !!!