So, which is the best home version of North by Northwest to own? Obviously, not the blu-ray version. Which DVD is the best? Or do they all suck, meaning I should just wait for a re-remastered blu-ray version...?
The blu-ray and blu-ray book have been both hammered heavily in the Amazon reviews for their terrible color. They claim that Cary Grant looks either corpse-like or Frankenstein green throughout the film and that a lot of the film's imagery is muddy. These reviewers all claim the old DVD is much better visually than the blu-ray --- but they don't say which one. The 50th Anniversary DVD got a lot of flak on Amazon, too.
I tend to believe the reviews that are detailed. I disregard the reviews that say stuff like "Wow! It looks great!" without any specifics. I look for the reviews where someone has carefully A-B'd the DVD vs. the blu-ray, or writes in critical detail as to what they specifically liked or disliked about the technical aspects of the product. Most people that love a particular film will give it a stellar review, regardless of the quality, because 1) like I said, they love the film; 2) they're just so happy the film has finally made it to blu-ray that gratefulness overwhelms their critical faculties; 3) they don't really have much technical knowledge (it plays, therefore it's great); or, 4) perhaps, they might not have a high quality system that allows them to discern good from great or good from bad.
I'll go back and sift through those good reviews of NbyNW to see if I missed something.