Entertainment in Video (frame 370)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 12:39:07 AM

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Label:  Entertainment in Video (UK)

Region:  2
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  2 x DVD9 (the data occupy 7.68 & 7.55 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:37:27.20

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.86:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  4.98 / 7.67 / 9.17 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps
English DTS 5.1 / 754.5 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

Disc 1
Commentary by Jeff Most & John Shirley (in English)
Deleted footage (5:12, in English)
Extended scenes of "The Arcade Bombing" (4:00),
"Funboy's Fight" (2:03) & "The Shootout" (5:01, in English)

Disc 2
Full-frame version of the film (1:37:19, in English)
Featurette (16:34, in English)
Profile of James O'Barr (33:32, in English)
Brandon Lee's last on-camera interview (6:01, in English)
Poster art (1:35)
Production design (0:50)
Storyboards for "The Arcade Bombing" (0:45),
"Funboy's Last Stand" (3:15), "Liquor Store Robbery" (1:06),
"Shootout at Top Dollar's" (3:36) & "The Skull Cowboy" (3:18)
DVD production notes (1 page, in English)


Entertainment in Video / Blu-ray (frame 395)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

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Label:  Entertainment in Video (UK)

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

Disc type:  BD50 (the data occupy 31.03 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:37:28.26

Video:  MPEG-2, 1080i50
Aspect ratio:  1.85:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  14.00 / 34.43 / 45.84 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English DTS 5.1 / 1,509.75 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

  • Commentary by Jeff Most & John Shirley (in English)
  • Featurette (16:35, in English)
  • Profile of James O'Barr (33:33, in English)
  • Brandon Lee's last on-camera interview (6:34, in English)
  • Deleted footage (5:13, in English)
  • Extended scenes (in English)
    • "The Arcade Bombing" (4:00)
    • "Funboy Flight" (2:03)
    • "The Shootout" (5:00)
  • Poster art (2:50)
  • Production design (1:29)
  • Storyboards
    • "The Arcade Bombing" (0:44)
    • "Funboy's Last Stand" (3:14)
    • "Liquor Store Robbery" (1:05)
    • "Shootout at Top Dollar's" (3:41)
    • "The Skull Cowboy" (1:23)

(All extras are MPEG-2, 576i50.)

Notes: 
This being my 1st "new format" review, I hesitate to make any kind of definite conclusions, because, well, after seeing another Alex Proyas' film - Dark City - on a region A Blu-ray, I thought it looked pretty neat, but going through this thread @ AVS Forum made me realize I knew very little about HD...

Still, I'm going to try to express my humble opinion of the disc at hand. It's simple - I think the Blu-ray uses an upscaled SD master. In comparison, there's virtually no difference between the full-sized HD captures & the ones taken from EiV's DVD (upscaled using AviSynth's Lanczos4Resize). Well, to be fair, I must admit the Blu-ray does look a smidgen sharper, but I don't consider it reason enough for an upgrade. Let's hope a better quality version will surface in region A (which Disney holds the rights for)...  
After discussing the matter over @ AVS Forum, I stand corrected; as evidenced by the grain structure the Blu-ray displays, it seems it's a genuine HD transfer after all. Still, to my eyes, the improvement over its SD counterpart isn't that great. I'd say if you're not dead set to own "The Crow" on Blu-ray ASAP, wait until someone (Disney?) comes with a proper 1080p / lossless audio version...


Geneon Entertainment / Blu-ray (frame 394)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

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Label:  Geneon Entertainment (Japan)

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

Disc type:  BD50 (the data occupy 35.61 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:41:33.00

Video:  MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001
Aspect ratio:  1.85:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.00 / 36.38 / 43.65 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English Dolby Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / 1,659 kbps
Japanese Dolby Surround / 384 kbps

Subtitles: Japanese

Menus available in: Japanese & English


Special features:
 

  • Commentary by Jeff Most & John Shirley (in English*)
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette (15:53, 4:3, in English*)
  • A profile on James O'Barr (31:48, 4:3, in English*)
  • Extended scenes (16:9, in English)
    • "The Arcade Bombing" (4:00)
    • "The Fun Boy Fight" (2:03)
    • "The Shoot-out at Top Dollar's" (5:01)
  • Deleted footage montage (5:12, 16:9, in English)
  • Japanese theatrical trailer (1:18, 4:3, in English with on-screen text in Japanese)
  • "The Crow: Wicked Prayer" original theatrical trailer (2:11, 4:3, in English)

(All extras are MPEG-2, 480i60/1.001.)

Notes: 
Well, this seems to be based on exactly the same master as the EiV edition reviewed above, but - recalling the conclusion of that review - it IS "a proper 1080p / lossless audio version," so it must be better, mustn't it?

*subtitled in Japanese


Vapet (frame 194)

Reviewed by standa.e

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 12:39:07 AM

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Label:  Vapet (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.01 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:37:34.13

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.85:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.20 / 5.08 / 8.04 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps
English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 384 kbps

Subtitles: Czech

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

Commentary by Jeff Most & John Shirley (in English with optional Czech subtitles)
Featurette (15:04, 1.33:1, Czech subtitles)
Profile of James O'Barr (32:10, 1.33:1, in English with optional Czech subtitles)
Extended scenes (11:04, in English with optional Czech subtitles)
Deleted footage (5:14, 1.33:1, in English)
Production design (0:29, 1.33:1, music only)
Storyboards for "Liquor Store Robbery" (1:02), "The Arcade Bombing" (0:42),
"Funboy's Last Stand" (2:58), "Shootout at Top Dollar's" (3:22)
& "The Skull Cowboy" (3:03)

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