Broadway, Inc. (frame 316)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 12:17:21 AM

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Label:  Broadway, Inc. (Japan)

Region:  2
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.99 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:24:36.24

Video:  NTSC (the print occasionally displays slight cropping)
Aspect ratio:  1.80:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.43 / 5.51 / 8.39 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Japanese

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

Karel Zeman's introduction (1 page, in Japanese)
Introduction to the film (1 page, in Japanese)
Short film "Pan Prokouk vynálezcem" (9:38, in Czech
with optional Japanese subtitles)
Karel Zeman's profile (2 pages) & filmography (1 page, in Japanese)
"Karel Zeman DVD Collector's Box" trailer (2:26, in Japanese)
"Karel Zeman dětem" documentary (17:37, in Czech
with optional Japanese subtitles)**
56-page booklet (hardcover, in Japanese)**
14 postcards**
Badge**

Notes: Also available in "Karel Zeman DVD Collector's Box,"
together with "Journey to Prehistory," "Krabat," "On the Comet,"
"The Tale of John and Marie," "A Thousand and One Nights"
& "The Treasure of Bird Island."

*difference between channels is -67.87 dB (0.04 %)
**only available in "Collector's Box"


ČT1 DVB (frame 253)

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Last modified on Thursday 03rd June 2010, 09:40:28 PM

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Label:  ČT1 DVB (Czech Republic)

Region:  n/a
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  n/a

Disc type:  n/a

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:21:04.24

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  Varies from 1.65 to 1.61:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.16 / 5.14 / 8.39 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 448 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: None

Special features:
 

None

Notes: This is a recording from ČT1's digital satellite broadcast.
Its purpose here is to provide a kind of reference for
the DVD releases reviewed above & below.

*difference between channels is -85.52 dB (0.01 %)


Filmexport Home Video (frame 265)

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Last modified on Friday 17th August 2012, 10:56:37 PM

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Label:  Filmexport Home Video (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 & DVD5 (the data occupy 4.91 & 2.92 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:21:13.13

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.85:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.98 / 6.01 / 8.51 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the deaf and hard of hearing
English

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

Disc 1
  • "Bez pasu a bez víza z Kudlova do San Franciska" ("Without Passport and Visa
    from Kudlov to San Francisco"), a documentary of Karel Zeman's visit to Los Angeles
    and Hollywood on the occasion of the 8th San Francisco International Film Festival in 1964,
    originally shot on 16 mm by Zeman himself. At this world renowned festival,
    "Bláznova kronika" ("A Jester's Tale") won two awards: Best Picture and Best Director
    (15:13, in Czech**)
  • ČRo 1 - Radiožurnál ad (0:26, in Czech)
  • About the DVD
    • Filmexport Home Video (3 pages, in Czech)
    • National Film Archive (2 pages, in Czech & English)
  • "Zlatý fond" on DVD (7 pages, in Czech)
  • Other films available (6 pages, in Czech)

Disc 2
  • Galleries of photos & documents
    • Awards and international promotion (3:12)
    • Film stills (4:35)
    • Karel Zeman's art concepts (3:23)
    • Trick scenes (2:27)
  • Interviews**
    • Kostka Petr (6:17, in Czech)
    • Thielová Valentina (11:06, in Czech)
    • Vášáryová Emília (5:15, in Slovak)
    • Kantorková Miriam (3:46, in Czech)
    • Kachtík Ladislav, former director of Czechoslovak Filmexport Prague (9:29, in Czech)
    • Zemanová Ludmila (9:46, in Czech)
    • Ostrčil Zdeněk, an employee of Zlín Film Studios (6:54, in Czech)
    • Kubíček Jiří, a professor at the Animated Film Department at FAMU (12:57)
  • Biographies & filmographies (in Czech)
    • Staff
      • Zeman Karel - screenwriter, director (18 pages)
      • Juráček Pavel - screenwriter (4 pages)
      • Huňka Václav - cinematographer (6 pages)
      • Novák Jan - composer (5 pages)
    • Cast
      • Kostka Petr (6 pages)
      • Holub Miloslav (4 pages)
      • Vášáryová Emília (5 pages)
      • Thielová Valentina (7 pages)
      • Effa Karel (8 pages)
      • Menšík Vladimír (11 pages)
    + bibliography (2 pages, in Czech)
  • Festivals & awards (1 page, in Czech)

Notes: 
At last, a domestic release of a film by one of Czech cinema's greatest filmmakers, Karel Zeman (who would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year), which not only does the film justice, but, the feature being subtitled in English, makes it accessible to Karel Zeman fans all over the world.
Note this is already the 5th Karel Zeman film released on DVD in Czech Republic, BUT, the first two releases, by CČV / Bonton, were of the "blink-and-you-miss-it" kind ("The Stolen Airship" going OOP shortly after its release, due to rights issues, and "On the Comet" not being officially (a few copies "slipped through" because of a human error) released at all for the same reason; and while for the next two releases, "Krabat" and "The Tale of John and Marie" (by Země pohádek), the rights seem to have been secured properly, they're barebones, and the PQ is not that good either (however, the former of the two is the only release of "Krabat" in existence featuring the Czech soundtrack). None of these four releases is, of course, English-friendly.
Anyway, this 2-discer here is a revelation; the picture is very nice - very clean, the DD 2.0 mono track sounds... adequate (a bit tinny in places, but I expect that's only understandable for a film 46 years old), there's a wealth of extras (Czech only though)... What more can this Karel Zeman fan wish for? I'll tell you what! Bring on "The Fabulous Baron Munchausen" - the true gem of Karel Zeman's filmography, at least in this reviewer's humble opinion. (c:

*difference between channels is -51.92 dB (0.25 %) **subtitled in Czech for the deaf and hard of hearing


MTJ Film (frame 420)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 12:17:21 AM

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Label:  MTJ Film (Poland)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.93 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:21:22.00

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  Varies from 1.67 to 1.61:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.43 / 6.29 / 8.78 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Czech with Polish voice-over in Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Polish

Menus available in: Polish


Special features:
 

None

Notes: 
Absolutely no improvement here - weak transfer, Polish voice-over only... Interestingly enough... On second thought - forget it, it's not that interesting anyway...

*difference between channels is -77.44 dB (0.01 %)

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