The blu-ray restoration of Carnival of Souls is definitely fantastic. I got it yesterday and I've watched it with and without the commentary--and it's amazing how much better it looks and sounds compared to previous releases. That said, it's fair to wonder why the director's cut wasn't included via seamless branching. Although the quality of the additional footage pales in comparison to the new restoration, it's vastly superior to the restored footage in Hardy's The Wicker Man or Once Upon A Time In America. Considering how little effort it would have taken to include the director's cut via seamless branching, I think it's fair to accuse Criterion of lowering their standards.