I found this old thread and thought I would comment.
I have just scanned a roll of OOD Reala 100 which was developed at a local Boots branch and I'm pretty unhappy with it. It is marked 'process before Oct 2007'.
A few days ago I scanned some Kodachrome slides from the early Seventies and they look superb in comparison even though they were shot on a very cheap P&S camera. The Reala was shot on my Olympus 35RC which is renowned for its' sharp lens but the results are very poor.
My scanner is a Nikon Coolscan IV ED and it has always performed well - I scan with all settings off, just selecting the correct setting dependant on film type.
Maybe this is a warning on buying old film...?