My response to the following, summarized.
According to AICN's review of Shout Factory's upcoming BRUCE LEE: THE LEGACY box set:
This set was to release on Tuesday, August 6, but Shout Factory has pushed back that date to September 17. The company had to recall the set due to a labeling error on two of the discs. If you got an early copy of the set, I understand that Shout will replace the mislabeled discs for you if you contact them.
Also, there was some question as to the quality of the source material used for the Blu-rays. I spoke with a company representative on Thursday about the masters used for this set and was assured the original content provided by Fortune Star Entertainment was the best available and the same used for the Bruce Lee Blu's released a few years ago in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, we may never get the beautifully restored, pristine versions of Lee's Hong Kong films that his legacy deserves. The master reels simply haven't been properly archived and preserved.
I understand that John Ary's just toting the bullshit he's been fed on a website that's given positive reviews of shitty upscales before, but the fact that anyone thinks the multitude of available screenshots for THE BIG BOSS, FIST OF FURY and WAY OF THE DRAGON are anything but upsampled SD masters makes me want to kick things and howl like a maniac. Even if they were objectively stating that they didn't think it looked that bad I'd be less ready to put my fist through a window, but the bold, bullshit claim that it's not only "the best available" but "the same [masters] released a few years ago in Hong Kong" - well, that's a blatant lie. Love or loathe those transfers all you like, but they are not the same thing released in Hong Kong - they're not even close.
In short: Fuck Fortune Star for having sent shitty upscales in the first place, Fuck Shout Factory for not having caught it despite knowing that Fortune Star is notoriously full of not giving two shits about their own product, Fuck Fotokem for not doing the sensible thing and stealing the actual BD encodes off the Japanese box set*, and Double Fuck Cliff MacMillan for lying to our faces about the whole thing. Pretty much fuck everybody on this one - with the exception of "Old Pang Yau", who's contributions would have otherwise made this the single most comprehensive presentation of these films ever released. C'mon, I'm angry, not inhuman.
These movies have a long, convoluted and somewhat suicide-inducing history on home video, and there is no reason, no reason at all that this SHOULDN'T be the last release any sane human being would ever need... and yet, here we are seeing mother fucking Ain't It Cool News confirming that "there's nothing to see here, move along people".
Or, to quote Bantam Rooster...
Oh, what's that? Ripping an existing Blu-ray would be a breach of contract due to using unauthorized materials? Well Fortune Star already beat you to it, and more importantly if they claim they did send you the HD masters, they'd have no recourse to try and sue you if you used actual HD content.
And yes, sadly the Blu-ray transfers themselves would be 8-bit/4:2:0 and have some level of compression artifacts. But we're talking about recompressing a BD encode for BD - the loss from one generation to another would be pretty minimal, and you can bet your ass the compression issues would be a drop in the bucket compared to the pile of lukewarm NTSC butthole we've actually been handed.
Shout Factory usually does good to excellent work, and I'm going to continue to support them when they earn it. It's just a shame this ridiculous incident has taught us we can't always assume they've got this shit covered.