Hadn't realised that; I'd assumed they were both 4:3 on transmission. Maybe that means, like you say, that the DVD versions were cropped and zoomed as well as remastered (after a fashion)? So more pixels, but of a poorer quality image.Must confess, I still haven't gotten around to buying the Star Fleet DVDs yet, so I still don't know what the general quality is like other than screen shots I've seen and a general consensus on here which suggests that while better than it was it's still not a patch on the Japanese DVDs.Bladez made an interesting point that the French X-Bomber DVD set probably has the best picture quality of all the releases, including the Japanese DVDs.I think this is down to the fact that Bomber X was originally shown in France in 1980 (the same year as X-Bomber in Japan) and seems to be a straight copy of the Japanese Masters, with the same picture quality, music and special FX sounds; only the vocal dub is different.Out of the Japanese and the French versions, Bomber X now has the edge in picture quality because it has been remastered for the DVD release whereas the Japanese DVDs weren't and were merely the Laser-disc edition converted to DVD format.Poor old Star Fleet was knackered all the way back in 1982 because of the poor conversion process, so from what I've seen, the Star Fleet DVDs aren't too bad considering.Of course if the original Japanese film footage still exists and time and money was spent on remastering there's a possibility for one hell of a Japanese Blu-Ray release with gob smacking clarity. But I think that's crazy speculation on my part. It was never that popular in Japan so I doubt if the money would be there for such a release. That would be the way to go for the ultimate in picture quality though, if the original film footage still exists.
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