I really enjoyed doing this one, the camcorder idea is something ive been wanting to implement for a long time now, im glad it translated enough to have an impact.
While I dont agree with you on some of your critiques I most certainly value your observations, it helps me see my work through the eyes of others and thus improve.
I definately think your right; that certain areas might be a little too sharp and too harshly contrasted from the enviornment. However; I think overall it works to the benefit of the works with a few exceptions, and quite frankly - I like it like that.
I like harsh rim-lights, backlights and underlighting, I also like sharpness and crispness that makes characters pop.
While blended edges may help the work look more painted im going for a more photo-real, high definition look where edges are hard and crisp.
Some people dig it and think it enhances a 3d effect; others dont and think it makes the image flat.
Thats just the way it is, you cant please everyone.
There are definately trouble spots in some of the works as others have pointed out, some odd muddyness in some areas and some depth glitches - I hopefully will be able to get around to rectifying those babies soon.
I appreciate the time you took to crit, thanks!