Originally Posted by Kajicat
People have been saying Funi did a new transfer for this Anime Classics line of Samurai Champloo. The disk art may be the same, but they say this release didn't get the DNR coating that the original blu-ray release (2009) had, therefore retaining the original detail from the DVD release instead of smudging it away.
It's a new encode. While not direct comparisons, compare these screenshots (you have to be registered at Blu-ray.com to be able to see the shots at 1920x1080 though):
The most obvious difference is the grain present on the Anime Classics release.