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As I mentioned in the "Longest Day" thread, I think the critical concept is accuracy. How accurately does the BD reproduce the source material?
Obviously, when discussing archival film-restoration projects, one must either make inferences or rely on expert sources; most of us will not have seen the original source material in its pristine state, 30 or 50 or 70 years ago, or remember it accurately if we did.
But it's not that hard to assess if you know what properly projected film actually looks like. Compare Patton to The Sand Pebbles, and it's easy to judge which one looks more like a beautifully restored print being correctly projected in a well-maintained theater.
But the same standard can be applied to current films, although here one comes up against the sorry truth that there are very few well-maintained theaters that maintain correct projection standards.
If we need a new thread, I suggest perhaps its purtpose should simply be to rank BDs on the basis of how accurately we believe they reproduce the original look of the material.