tymon wrote:^That's because I hear mostly bad things lol. But I'm sure at least a few of them are good, right?
BIOLLANTE and SPACEGODZILLA look decent, like Goji said. THE MYSTERIANS, GHIDRAH and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS look superior to their murky DVD counterparts, but only comparatively. Nothing Toho Video has put out thus far holds a candle to Sony, Universal or Criterion product, and so long as they resist progress, I expect everything else they "remaster" to follow suit.
Are all of the Sony's DVDs of Millennium films really better than their R2 HD counterparts?
Pretty much. I'm not that big of a fan of the Millennium series and hardly watch them, but I do remember the HDTV Millennium films looking basically par for the course as far as Toho Video transfers go (muted/greenish-yellow discoloration, low contrast, etc.). G2K looks the worst, being far grainier than I imagine it originally looking. Something about it just looks really wrong. GFW looks basically the same as the Sony DVD, only it's windowboxed and probably not as detailed as the Sony would look in its original resolution.
And what are the best options for the rest of Showa/Heisei films? (I wanna compile the best versions for all 28 films, just in case I didn't make that clear in my initial post)
GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN - Unfortunately, all the DVDs I can think of are sourced from the murky R2. Of all the identical-looking copies, I would say the Classic Media is the best option simply because it is NTSC and has English subtitles.
KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (Japanese version) - Just download my restoration. Skip/throw away all other copies.
MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA - Like GRA, Toho seems to have a worldwide monopoly over transfers of the Japanese version, so everything you'll find on DVD looks like Toho's R2. The HD transfer used on Toho's Blu-ray looks very similar to the R2 to me. The Blu-ray is the best option, but not by that much of a long shot.
GHIDRAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER - Toho's Blu-ray looks decent and is the best out there currently.
MONSTER ZERO - Again, it appears that all DVD transfers of the Japanese version originate from Toho's R2. The Classic Media is the best option simply because it is NTSC and has English subtitles.
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS - Seemingly all DVD transfers of the Japanese version originate from Toho's R2. Toho's HD version has the exact same (bad) color timing as the R2. Of all the nearly identical-looking copies, the MB is the best simply because it has English subtitles.
GODZILLA'S REVENGE - There doesn't seem to be a transfer on DVD that doesn't look like the R2, therefore the best option is the Classic Media because it is NTSC and has English subtitles.
GODZILLA VS. MEGALON - Seemingly all DVD transfers of the Japanese version originate from Toho's R2. Toho's HD version has even worse color timing than the R2 but, despite being soft as sin, probably has a slight edge in terms of detail. The HD also slightly improves upon its R2 counterpart by not being overframed as much or windowboxed. The MB Blu-ray/DVD will be the best option.
TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA - Seemingly all DVD transfers of the Japanese version originate from Toho's R2. So, the Classic Media wins by virtue of being NTSC and having English subtitles.
RETURN OF GODZILLA through GODZILLA VS SPACEGODZILLA - The Toho Blu-rays are the best option. They look different from the Region 2s, sometimes in a good way.
GODZILLA VS DESTROYER - Toho's HD version put out on Blu-ray looks horrible. I haven't seen the R2 before so I can't tell if it looks better or not.