Note that this is Gonzo. The quality isn't terribly high to start and they don't fix the quality of shows for DVD release.
Episode 7 of Samurai 7 was terrible on TV and DVD release, both R1 and R2. That and FUNi and Gonzo are apparently attached at the hip now so I doubt FUNi would get anything but the best masters that they have. Which isn't saying a lot.
Being the flaming liberal socialist that I am
*cough* lol. Anime has no place in socialism, it is purely a luxury.