I had the DVD of this film and it was no better than watching a VHS, poor picture quality. But the Blue-ray release was obviously redigitized from a master with a good encoder. It was just like seeing it in the theatre again. Great picture, even on a 60\" plasma TV.
I believe this was an excellent copy to HD as picture, sound, color were great. I have purchased other HD copies which turned out to be poor quality. This isn't the case with Vera Cruz. The movie in it's self is wonderful with many well known names to only make the movie that much better. Burt Lancaster was again at his very best in this role. Gary Cooper played such a perfect role you couldn't ask for better! This is one you have to own as the 50's westerns are still the king in my boat and this movie meets all the expectations of a great western!!! Get it!!!
One of Jim Stewarts best movies and along with the supporting cast members it adds up to a fantastic movie, one you can watch with the young and old showing the will to survive and ingenuity to produce a working airplane from a wrecked one, if you like this type of movie buy it you can't go wrong.
Gene Wilder has such a way with understated comedy (see Young Frankenstein) and Harrison Ford has the roughness needed to portray the wild west (see Raiders of the Lost Ark). The two of them in a comedy was just a stroke of genius. A great movie at an incredible price. You've got to add it to your "classics" collection.