Chris, the reason you see the big difference is that a LPF is used on the originals. At low bit rates the fine detail causes compression artficats like I-Frame pulsing. Now that they have the extra bits in the bucket, they can and do remove the LPF.
Most HD cameras also have a LPF otherwise MPEG would freak out.
Sonys new super bit transfers are said to be achieved by eliminating all the special features normally found on most DVD transfers and using this extra space for a higher bit rate of 7.7 Mbps as opposed to the usual 3.7Mbps.Also all discs will have DTS as well as Dolby digital soundtracks utilizing non coasting MPEG bit rates on quilter scenes.Just ordered a copy of the new release of the Fifth Element and will let you know but the difference should be quite obvious in both video and audio quality.
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