ICESTORM / NTSC (frame 2759)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:06:27 AM

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Label:  ICESTORM Entertainment GmbH (Germany)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 5.59 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:19:34.28

Video:  NTSC (fieldblended from PAL source)
Aspect ratio:  2.17:1 non-anamorphic*


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.51 / 6.04 / 8.98 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English & German


Special features:
 

  • Essay "Music and Science Fiction - Playing with Boundaries"
    (10, resp. 11 pages, in English & German)
  • Biography & filmography (in English & German)
    • Herrmann Zschoche (6, resp. 5 pages)
    • Angel Wagenstein (5, resp. 4 pages)
    • Cox Habbema (5 pages)
  • Photogallery (30 film stills)
  • "Cosmonaut Dreams - Made in Babelsberg" documentary
    (19:18, resp. 19:12, in German***)

Notes: Only available in "Science Fiction Special-Edition" 4-disc set,
together with "Im Staub der Sterne," "Der schweigende Stern,"
CD: "Im Staub der Sterne, Eolomea - die Filmmusik"
& 8-page booklet (in German).

I won't bother to comment on the horrid fieldblended transfer,
see my review of "Der schweigende Stern" for a few remarks...

*it says "16:9" on the cover, but it's a mistake
**difference between channels is -55.67 dB (0.16 %)
***there are 2 versions of this documentary on the disc,
occupying 1 GB each, one features burnt-in
English subtitles, the other's got none


ICESTORM / PAL (frame 1932)

Reviewed by standa.e

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:06:27 AM

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Label:  ICESTORM Entertainment GmbH (Germany)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.89 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:18:32.21

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.21:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.10 / 5.53 / 7.53 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono / 192 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: German


Special features:
 

  • Trailers
    • "Famous DEFA Movies" (11:27, in German)
    • "Westerns from the East" (2:07, in English)
  • Herrmann Zschoche's biography (3 pages)
    & filmography (2 pages, in German)

Notes: 
Getting back from the submenu to the main menu can present a problem - the navigation buttons are missing, so the only way to get back is using the MENU button on the RC, or eject & insert the disc again.

dvdfreak: Regarding the quality, the screenshots speak for themselves. There's nothing to add. Just one extra shot to make standa happy: ;-)

ICESTORM / PAL (frame 31466)


Noshame Films (frame 2346)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:06:27 AM

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Label:  Noshame Films (Italy)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.44 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:18:55.00

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.21:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.41 / 7.00 / 9.06 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Italian & English

Menus available in: Italian


Special features:
 

  • "Cosmonaut Dreams - Made in Babelsberg" documentary (19:15**)
  • Trailer (2:35**)
  • DVD credits (1 page, in Italian)

Notes: Only available in "Stelle rosse: La fantascienza della Germania dell'Est" 3-disc set,
together with "Im Staub der Sterne," "Der schweigende Stern"
& 16-page booklet (in Italian).

When I stumbled upon this set a few days ago, I thought: "Finally, somebody released these science-fiction flicks in anamorphic widescreen!" Sadly, "anamorphic" does not necessarily mean "better quality." It might not be apparent in the comparison at the bottom of this page, but it seems that Noshame just took the ICESTORM's non-anamorphic master, and converted (upscaled) it to anamorphic, resulting in very poor definition, and visible lack of sharpness, as you can see in the direct comparison below. What a shame, Noshame!

ICESTORM / Noshame Films
4892 / 5306 | 28100 / 28514 | 29146 / 29560 | 36422 / 36836 | 47813 / 48227 | 54025 / 54439
64767 / 65181 | 91219 / 91633 | 94116 / 94530 | 102845 / 103258 | 110186 / 110599

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*difference between channels is -56.17 dB (0.16 %)
**in German with optional Italian & English subtitles

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