"We need to put this on a Blu-ray for higher bitrates!... But it looks pretty much the same as the streaming options, because the transfer sucks." "It doesn't have the extras!.. but it is cheaper than buying the version that does". "It's chasing a different market!... so don't buy it" I'm being facetious, but I can't really see the controversy with this one. It's not a crazy gold standard with high resolution scans and a machine that gives you chocolate... but I don't think it ever purported to be? It's a baseline - the shocking DVDs are the ones that split up the seasons and sell you the episodes in the wrong order. Whether you should be releasing a baseline in 2023, especially when a previous collection did it better, is questionable, but I can see doing it "properly" not being cost effective. It really is only a subset of a subset who care, and one might argue it still looks better than it did on TV in the 90s. AoStH is a little different because IIRC it was the more saleable of the two - the Looney Tunes/Tom and Jerry style of cartoon appeals better to international markets, so there might be reasons to make an effort above the collector's Blu-ray. But I'm like, three times the age of the target audience and haven't been paying attention so idk. tl;dr I wanted juicy side-by-sides and didn't get them. You should look up the Buffy the Vampire Slayer HD re-release some time. They took the original 16:9 film footage and called it a day - it's missing the colour grading, the effects, and has crew members very obviously in shot because it was meant to be cropped to 4:3. that is how you do a bad home release.