To be fair, Svet does say the following:
There are traces of denoising corrections throughout the entire film. However, Modigliani of Montparnasse looks far more pleasing than Antoine et Antoinette. In fact, excluding the darker sequences where the denoising corrections become painfully obvious (see screencapture #16), in motion definition seems quite good. (Emphasis mine.) Where there is plenty of light, clarity and even image depth are also pleasing. Color saturation is decent, but it is easy to tell that without the denoising corrections it would have been substantially better. There are no traces of sharpening corrections. Also, there are no damage marks, large specks, cuts, warps, or stains. There are no serious stability issues to report in this review either. To sum it all up, Modigliani of Montparnasse is yet another beautifully restored by Gaumont classic film - and this time it really does show - which has been unnecessarily degrained. Fortunately, in motion the film looks quite good.
Comparing the screen grabs it appears that Antoine et Antoinette
is quite a bit worse, despite the numerical scores. (As an aside, I really wish things like scoring in reviews would just go away.) Not saying Les Amants
is what it should be, particularly since it appears the elements were there to make it something special, but "botched" seems harsh. The trend is disturbing since Gaumont has been one of the most consistent French labels when it comes to Blu-ray restos.