The 8210 ignores most of the minor defects and speckles on the US LD, but there are some gremlins that creep into the closing titles. (Look closely at the text and you'll see it.) I think it's the chroma or luma levels going over the limit or something. The Japanese fares only slightly better at the same spot, but on the other two machines both discs are fine with the credits.
I've never been able to figure out if it's an idiosyncrasy of this player, or certain video transfers are creeping past safe "peak" NTSC video levels on some shots. (And more modern players compensate better?) For example, the shot of the Lunar shuttle being lowered into the Moonbase in 2001, which is bathed in red light, really suffers from the same problem.
Yeah, I noticed those artifacts on the closing titles, weird it doesn't show up elsewhere in the film (not what I've seen). Anyway, this is why it's so great that you did several different caps. :) Overall, the US LD is definitely the better transfer, the colors are richer, better contrast and even less edge-enhancement in some scenes, the US LD from your PR8210 player looks pretty damn good actually, much better than I thought this would. I think we will be able to squeeze out a nice looking DVD from these. :)
The other 8210 hassle is the "rolling bar" video noise that is easily seen on a black background. It's largely invisible during most of the film though.
I don't think that "rolling bar" video noise will be a real issue, as you said it's largely invisible most of the time and maybe it will be even less visible when the black level has been improved.
I found the error that SilverWook noticed in the subs.
SilverWook and msycamore, please open the srt file with notepad and change this line:
it will correct the "glitch"
Will do, thanks erri!