Bontonfilm / Jakubisko Film (frame 9824)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 12:11:01 AM

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Label:  Bontonfilm / Jakubisko Film (Czech Republic)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.78 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:14:45.24

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.19:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.24 / 4.50 / 8.47 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps
Slovak Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps

Subtitles: Czech & Slovak for the deaf and hard of hearing

Menus available in: Czech & Slovak


Special features:
 

Disc 1
  • Profile of Juraj Jakubisko (6:59*)
  • Making of (26:51, in Czech, Slovak & English*)
  • Scenes not used in the film (in English & Slovak*)
    • "The Chronicler," the original prologue (2:37)
    • "Merisi Arrives at the Castle" (0:48)
    • "Merisi Paints Children in the Village" (0:53)
    • "Thurzo Bribes the Turks" (0:34)
    • "A Visit at Czobor's" (0:59)
    • "The Torture Chamber" (1:23)
  • Photogallery
    • From the film (3:34, 71 stills)
    • From the shooting (1:35, 32 stills)
    • From the shooting of the music video (0:29, 10 stills)
  • Music video (3:51, in Old Church Slavonic**)
  • Trailers
    • 1:08, in Czech & 1:07, in Slovak*
    • 2:09, in English*
  • Other films available on DVD from Jakubisko Film (0:30)
  • "Plaváček" Foundation
    • Featurette (8:44, in Czech & Slovak*)
    • About the foundation (9 pages, in Czech)
  • Partners (4 pages)

Disc 2 (Audio CD)
  • Soundtrack (1:14:36, 46 tracks)

Disc 3 (Audio CD)
  • Music not used in the film (55:41, 40 tracks)

  • 24-page book(let) (in Czech & Slovak)

Notes: 
The waiting is finally over! Well, almost - the special "book" edition came out on November 2, the single-disc edition (identical with the 1st disc of the SE; cover on the right) a week later, but the Blu-ray has been postponed (again) until November 30. Now, was it worth the wait? To be frank, I don't think so. Firstly, I'm not convinced the PQ is the best we could possibly be getting, even though all the delays were supposedly caused by "image clean-up to deliver better quality on DVD & Blu-ray." Since Jakubisko Film = (presumably) Jakubisko himself was involved in the production, I won't dig into the cropping & different colour timing (as compared to the Romanian edition), but note e.g. the wrinkles, or rather the lack thereof, under Ferenc's eyes in the below 1080p blow-up of frame 18252 (normal: Bontonfilm / Jakubisko Film, mouse over: Pro Video - requires JavaScript). If they meant that kind of clean-up, then I'd prefer to have had it "dirty."


Another deficiency is the lack of English soundtrack. Given the fact that the star of the film, Anna Friel, is British, and the film was - for the purpose of international distribution - shot in English, I'd say it's a major disadvantage. RE the extras, this is being advertised as "one of the most feature-packed DVDs of a Czech film," but - again - I beg to differ. There are the two soundtrack CDs, yes, but the DVD extras are nothing to write home about. The Making of, that's good, the 7 minutes of deleted scenes, passable, the photogallery & trailers, OK, but the rest... The Profile is just clips from Jakubisko's films - in fact a rehash of what we've already seen on his older DVDs, e.g. here, the ad for the aforementioned older DVDs is downright pathetic, and the "Plaváček" Foundation featurette, well, that's nice, but not related to the film at all. I certainly expected more from "the most expensive Central European film ever made." (For an example of a really feature-packed DVD of a Czech film, look no further than here.)

(Oh, there's also the book(let):

http://www.filmcity.cz/

Not many Czech DVDs come with a book... Or a music video - will forget my own head next! So I think I might have been a tad too harsh criticizing the extras... ;-))

(BTW, there's also a Russian edition (cover on the right), out for a couple of weeks already, but I won't be getting it - 4 DVDs + the eventual Blu-ray is overdoing it a bit already, or so I've been given to understand by my dear wife... (c:)

*with the same subtitle tracks as the main feature
**the lyrics in Old Church Slavonic are also available as an optional subtitle track


Bontonfilm / Jakubisko Film / Blu-ray (frame 9855)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Friday 17th June 2011, 11:57:55 PM

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Label:  Bontonfilm / Jakubisko Film (Czech Republic)

Region:  A, B & C
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  AACS

Disc type:  BD50 (the data occupy 41.33 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:20:29.10

Video:  MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001
Aspect ratio:  2.20:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.00 / 27.03 / 43.65 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech DTS-HD Hi-Res Audio* 5.1 / 3,840 kbps
Slovak DTS-HD Hi-Res Audio* 5.1 / 3,840 kbps

Subtitles: Czech & Slovak for the deaf and hard of hearing

Menus available in: Czech & Slovak


Special features:
 

  • Profile of Juraj Jakubisko (7:17**)
  • Making of (28:00, in Czech, Slovak & English**)
  • Scenes not used in the film (in English & Slovak**)
    • "The Chronicler," the original prologue (2:43)
    • "Merisi Arrives at the Castle" (0:50)
    • "Merisi Paints Children in the Village" (0:55)
    • "Thurzo Bribes the Turks" (0:35)
    • "A Visit at Czobor's" (1:01)
    • "The Torture Chamber" (1:27)
  • Photogallery (MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001, DTS 5.1 / 1,509.75 kbps)
    • From the film (3:44, 71 stills)
    • From the shooting (1:40, 32 stills)
    • From the shooting of the music video (0:31, 10 stills)
  • Behind the scenes (MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001)
    • Everyone who participated
      • Partners (1 page)
      • Crew
        • Juraj Jakubisko (14 pages, in Czech & 2 pages, in Slovak)
        • Deana Jakubisková-Horváthová (4 pages, in Czech & Slovak)
        • Elliot Tyson (1 page, in Czech)
        • F.A. Brabec (2 pages, in Czech)
        • Christopher Blunden (1 page, in Czech)
        • Ján Ďuriš (1 page, in Czech & Slovak)
        • Jan Jirásek (2 pages, in Czech)
        • Jaroslava Pecharová (1 page, in Czech)
        • Jon Johnson (1 page, in Czech)
        • Maok (1 page, in Slovak)
        • Patrik Pašš (2 pages, in Czech & Slovak)
        • Simon Boswell (2 pages, in Czech)
        • Ailbhe Lemass (1 page, in Czech)
        • Daniel Špaček (2 pages, in Czech)
        • John Paul Chapple (1 page, in Czech)
        • Jana Radilová (1 page, in Czech)
        • Martin Maryška (2 pages, in Czech)
        • Simon Changer (1 page, in Czech)
        • Stephen Jeffreys (1 page, in Czech)
        • Suzanne Stokes-Munton (1 page, in Czech)
        • Jan Zázvorka (1 page, in Czech)
        • Tatiana Miková (2 pages, in Czech)
        • Andrej Turok (2 pages, in Slovak)
        • Martin Jílek (2 pages, in Czech)
      • Cast (in Czech & Slovak)
        • Anna Friel (2 pages)
        • Vincent Regan (2 pages)
        • Karel Roden (3 pages)
        • Hans Matheson (2 pages)
        • Franco Nero (3 pages)
        • Deana Jakubisková-Horváthová (5 pages)
        • Bolek Polívka (1 page)
        • Jiří Mádl (1 page)
        • Michaela Drotárová (2 pages)
        • Monika Hilmerová (1 page)
        • Lucie Vondráčková (1 page)
        • Beata Greneche (2 pages)
        • Jaromír Nosek (2 pages)
        • Marek Vašut (1 page)
        • Andrej Hryc (1 page)
        • Marek Majeský (1 page)
        • René Štúr (1 page)
      • Interviews (in Czech & Slovak)
        • Cast
          • Anna Friel (4 pages)
          • Hans Matheson (5 pages)
          • Franco Nero (2 pages)
          • Deana Jakubisková-Horváthová (5 pages)
          • Monika Hilmerová (2, resp. 3 pages)
          • Bolek Polívka (2 pages)
          • Jiří Mádl (2 pages)
          • Lucie Vondráčková (3 pages)
          • Marek Vašut (2 pages)
          • Marek Majeský (3 pages)
          • Jaromír Nosek (3 pages)
          • Andrej Hryc (3 pages)
          • Beata Greneche (4 pages)
          • René Štúr (2 pages)
          • Michaela Drotárová (3 pages)
        • Crew
          • F.A. Brabec (3 pages)
          • Ján Ďuriš (3, resp. 4 pages)
          • Jaroslava Pecharová (3 pages)
          • Jana Radilová (1 page)
    • The film's superlatives (3 pages, in Czech & Slovak)
    • Historians advise (in Slovak)
      • The origins of Polívka - Monk Petr (1 page)
      • What Várkonyi was against (3 pages)
  • The other Bathory
    • As seen by historians (in Slovak)
      • The history of a great legend (8 pages)
      • György Thurzo vs. Erzsébet Báthory (12 pages)
    • Maps (3 pages, in Czech & Slovak)
    • The family tree (1 page)
  • Music video (4:01, in Old Church Slavonic)
  • Trailers
    • Trailers (3:25, resp. 3:24, in Czech, resp. Slovak & English**)
    • Promo trailer (9:33, in English**)
    • 8 11-second TV spots, 6 24-second TV spots & 7 34-second TV spots (in Czech**)
    • "Rough" trailer (1:08, in Czech & Slovak**)
  • Other films available on DVD from Jakubisko Film
    (0:12, MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001, DTS 5.1 / 1,509.75 kbps)
  • "Plaváček" Foundation
    • Featurette (9:06, in Czech & Slovak**)
    • About the foundation (14 pages, in Czech)

(Unless noted otherwise, all extras are MPEG-4 AVC, 720p24/1.001, DTS 2.0 / 1,509.75 kbps.)

Notes: 
Again, compared to the Romanian DVD, the picture here is cropped, and the colours are different, but for all I know this is the director-approved edition = the reference. As expected of Blu-ray, the PQ is a leap over the DVDs, especially in terms of (the lack of) compression artefacts:

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Bontonfilm / Jakubisko Film / Blu-ray (frame 7534 | 84578)
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In the extras department, there's everything from the 1st disc of the SE + a bunch of Blu-ray exclusives, however, most of the latter are textual notes, and as such could have already been included on the DVD - it's not like they take Gigs of space...

Still, this is the version to own... at the moment! ;-)

*it says "Master Audio" on the cover & in the Set up menu, but it's a mistake
**with the same subtitle tracks as the main feature


J-bics (frame 9838)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 12:11:05 AM

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Label:  J-bics (Thailand)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.25 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:14:42.15

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.36:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.63 / 3.60 / 8.66 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 / 224 kbps
English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Thai & English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

  • Trailer (1:06, in English)
  • Photogallery (10 pages)

Notes: 
Trailers for "Chaw" (1:55, in Korean) & "Incendiary" (1:32, in English) run before the menus appear, but it's possible to skip them using the RC.

I know I said I wouldn't be getting another version of Bathory, but 3 is a lucky number, 7 is a lucky number, so the average - 5 - must be even luckier, right? ;-) This version has been brought to my attention by a reader of my site, Todd, and I couldn't say No to $11.50 delivered (here), could I?

Anyway, I'm not going to go into detail here, since the choice is obvious - if you're able to follow spoken Czech, go for the Blu. Otherwise, the Thai edition is the easiest (and cheapest) to get.


Pro Video (frame 9823)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 12:11:05 AM

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Label:  Pro Video (Romania)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 5.01 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:14:37.20

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.36:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 4.96 / 7.45 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Romanian*

Menus available in: Romanian


Special features:
 

None

*the subtitles are enabled by default,
but it's possible to turn them off using the RC

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