First BR BD comparison courtesy of DVDBeaver.
And yet, somehow, I'm the asshole for assuming the UK release was an upscale?! Just look at the bandana on Kawada's forehead; there's a substantial difference between the blurry, faded, almost out of focus Arrow BD and Anchor Bay's brand-new offering. I'm already seeing people defend Arrow Video's muted color scheme and weak ass contrast, but I can't for the life of me assume that the Arrow Video release is, in any way shape or form, the technically superior release here.
Even with the caveat that DVDBeaver tends to be the least reliable website for Blu-ray image comparisons - sorry Gary, but it's true - it's clear that the Arrow Video release has been outshone in every way that matters by the almost zombified remains of Anchor Bay. So convinced am I that I'm already making plans to give my Arrow Video box set away in preparation to upgrade to this fucking thing, and rest assured, the thought of spending yet another $50 on this damned film isn't filling me with excitement the way it did when it was announced two years ago.
Fuck, I'm still not convinced the Arrow BD wasn't taken from a PAL Digibeta... oh, well. Maybe I can talk about another wonky UK import when I have some free time this week?