Great post. You couldn't have said it better. I'm glad it's not just me and that I'm not jumping to conclusions. This guy did obviously try and start trouble. It wasn't the questions that bothered me, it was the fact that he continued to push it. Of all the posts on this forum, why did he pick my post and constantly bug me about my minor criticism. He also used the phrase, "What's the beef?" as if I was complaining about the guy's review. I was not complaining. All I said was that it was "vague." I never said it was a bad review or anything. Yet, this guy chooses to lose sleep over that one silly word. It was just an opinion and it was not meant to hurt the reviewer in any way. I probably was expecting too much when reading the A/V review, but that's just me. I'm a fussy person. It's been made known a few years ago that I'm an anal-retentive person. So, I hope Stuart doesn't take my silly criticism too personally.
That guy had a bone to pick with you from the get go. He just wouldn't let it go. As for your tastes concerning the A/V quality of cinema, I agree 100%. Even for material as aged as the Stooges, it's not too much to ask for the best quality possible (the boys certainly deserve nothing less!). I too share your attention to detail in the video and audio quality of what I watch at home. Not to mention that I always opt for my local cinema's THX certified theater whenever possible, and if not, at least one of the theater's equipped with a Texas Instruments digital projector, and high quality digital surround. Today's movies with the latest in hi-def, digital video - and up to 7 or 8 channels of distinct digital sound (think of Dolby's next generation "True HD", "lossless technology"--pardon the drool), deserve the best equipment to display what the film's creators want us to experience. We are true audio/video-phile's. We aren't always appreciated. But don't worry, we understand each other, even if others don't.
You are absolutely correct about the review. While I thought it was OK, many such reviewers share the same concerns as you and I, and usually go into great detail about the A/V quailty. Even losing many of their readers to the technical language and description. That gentleman could have been much more descriptive about the A/V quality of the third release. Perhaps he doesn't share our level of concern in that area. I have become so spoiled by the video quality of these new DVD's, that I can hardly watch an old transfer on a previous VHS release, or even on TV. Your concerns are certainly warranted, not to mention appreciated by myself, and I'm sure, others as well.