OH, I wish I had known that! I only knew part of the story re: the squeezed image, mainly through Glenn Kenny's assessment of the DVD
, and he was under the false impression that Resnais had supervised the transfer himself. I hope the BFI and Criterion are aware of this!
Resnais may well have approved the initial SD telecine of the earlier scan, but this particular problem at the lab had occurred later on when someone had attempted to create an anamorphic 16:9 master tape. They'd just pressed the wrong button, probably unaware how a 1.66:1 image should appear in the 16:9 format (the correct answer, is of course: "as 1.66:1, with pillar boxing", not "cropped and stretched to fill 16:9").
Nick, since you are making the assumption that Eureka won't renew the licence, I take it Muriel hasn't sold well on DVD?
I'm pretty certain it's not sold enough to warrant an upgrade or a re-licence, unless they get it thrown in with FANTASTIC PLANET for peanuts, just to keep it in print – but I doubt that. It's certainly sold worse than the Mizoguchis and they've let those slide.