Well put, kev, and a good decision to lock this one, a relatively simple misunderstanding got out of hand.
Starfish's new nearly-3CD version has a better video data rate than BLT's (2950 vs 2070) and as such better quality. 2CD->3CD is much less of an improvement than 1CD->2CD, though, due to limitations of the DVD source. And the fact that SF's borders aren't cropped at all hurts its quality and wastes some of that bitrate, though the original DVD source for both rips is the root cause of that problem. BLT's rip also shows some of the same border problems to a much lesser degree, I think his cropping is a good compromise between too little and too much.
We don't allow new links the same quality as existing ones, to make it more likely that the original link stays shared. But higher quality is OK and is often not intended to be a replacement. SF's rip is an alternate higher quality version for those who care, unlikely to be downloaded or shared by everyone due to its size. (Sort of like the 720p or full DVD versions which occasionally get posted.) It's not an aspersion on BLT's rip.
I regard a post or release by BLT or by SF (or by PTg or by several others) differently than by others. These guys are the lifeblood of our forum, they contribute a great deal and have earned the right to have have some leeway in what and how they post, and the benefit of the doubt. Discussion about those choices and their reasoning is a good thing, it helps understanding, as long as it's civil and respectful.
I am unlocking this thread and deleting some messages that have no relevance to the film.
Thanks to both SF and BLT for their rips, and thanks to SF for the srt subs (which look much better than the computer translations previously available).
(VLC rejects the German .sub file though, I have no idea why).
This is a bug in the forum software, when a message is deleted the database counter of messages in the thread isn't adjusted. So when it sends you to the last page of the thread it might try one page later than the real last page, and that fails.
not sure if this is a problem but I have been getting an odd "this topic doesn't exist" when trying to post sometimes? the post goes through but only when I enter back through the forum