New rips of the original MS Gundam have recently been showing up, and im here to compare the two groups that are/have worked on this. The quality of the BD is a really good film transfer and looks much better than the current Zeonic-Corps version already on BBT. If you want comparisons I will provide them, but atm I feel that the difference is so significant that there really is no need.
Encodergasm has finished their version in 10-bit 720p with dual audio AAC. Subtitles are from the R1 DVD.
OZC is still working on this (on ep 16 atm), which is a dual 8-bit 720p and 1080p release. Same as EG, the subs are from the R1 DVDs and is dual audio AAC (though at a slightly lower bitrate).
The differences between the two are actually pretty major. OZC decided to heavily DNR the source, whereas EG tried to preserve as much of the grain on the BDs as possible by not degraining at all. The result is probably very polarizing, and the main reason why I am creating this thread. EG went with a creditless OP (happens to have Japanese credits, but is less offensive to the eyes) and a manual resync of the CD audio version of Tobe Gundam (which sounds much better).
In the comparison screenshots I provided EGs 720p encode and both the 720p and 1080p OZC encodes. Upscaling to 1080p was done with AvsPmod via spline36. Here is the link: http://compare.bakashots.me/compare.php?setId=6243
Here are some additional screenshots I took with a wider variety: http://compare.bakashots.me/compare.php?setId=623
EG's version retains more detail while being more true to the source. Looking at the first screenshot I linked, notice the area to the right of the explosion. The black lines are visible in EGs release, whereas on OZC's they almost disappear entirely. The 2nd screenshot demonstrates basically the same detail loss in dark scenes. The 4th screenshot shows a good example of lost texture in the background (same with the 5th screenshot in the 2nd link). The 6th screenshot has a lot of detail, but notice that EG's 720p has no loss in detail compared to OZC's 1080p and still retains more texture detail.
Things arent all bad for OZC however. The DNR may remove a lot of grain, but a lot of detail still remains and everything looks a bit sharper without ringing or aliasing. The colors in uniforms, hair, and other non-textured areas are free of noise and look really smooth. Refer to screenshot #17 in the second link. Aside from some textures and really dark scenes, no detail is lost via filtering and the result looks really sharp and clean. Another problem with the clean look of OZC's release is that the imperfections in the film transfer become more apparent upon playback. You will notice the white specks and screen shakes much more. You really need to view both versions on playback to see the difference. Still, I think a lot of viewers would prefer the lack of grain in favor of the cleaner look.
It's a close call, but it all comes down to whether you prefer detail through grain, or a small sacrificing of some textures and dark scenes for an overall cleaner look. My vote is for EG by quite a margin actually, since im not a fan of the flattening effect caused by OZC's DNR, and because I feel that the grain is very fitting for such an old show and should remain.
I know that OZC isnt finished with this project, but I think there is enough material available to compare the two releases, and the differences between the two are already apparent. Preferably BBT could provide both of these encodes and allow the users to choose between the two encoding methods, but im pretty sure things dont operate this way here. Though if Nazo no Kanojo X can get 2 720p DA slots, then the classic that is the original Gundam should too imo. If OZC's 1080p version was better than the 720p, the 1080p could take the A slot, but unfortunately the BD isnt worth 1080p, and tbh I think OZC's 720p looks better anyways.
I was going to offer EG's version up on BBT (since I think it deserves to be there), but I figured I would ask here first beforehand to see if there was any opposition.