Sphärentor / Blu-ray (frame 7056)

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Last modified on Monday 05th May 2014, 10:28:57 PM

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Label:  Sphärentor Filmproduktionen (Germany)

Region:  A, B & C (?)
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  BD-R25 (the data occupy 19.55 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:25:12.14

Video:  MPEG-4 AVC, 720p50
Aspect ratio:  2.34:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.00 / 24.22 / 52.43 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

German & English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 448 kbps
German & English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps

Subtitles: English (for the parts spoken in German), English,
French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Danish,
German (for the parts spoken in English) & German

Menus available in: German


Special features:
 

  • Teaser (0:42)*
  • Trailer (1:49)*
  • "Verlorene Szene - 'Die Laterne'" ("Deleted Scene - 'The Lantern'," 3:11)*
  • "Making Of" (22:43)**
  • "Effekte und Konzepte" ("Effects and Concepts," 6:36)**
  • "Science Horror" (6:43)**

(All extras are MPEG-4 AVC, 720p50, in German Dolby Digital 2.0 / 448 kbps.)

To see the screenshots in glorious Full HD 1080, click here.

*with the same subtitle tracks as the main feature
**subtitled in English


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Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Monday 05th May 2014, 10:28:57 PM

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Label:  Sphärentor Filmproduktionen (Germany)

Region:  A, B & C (?)
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  BD-R25 (the data occupy 11.83 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:25:07.10

Video:  MPEG-4 AVC, 720p60/1.001
Aspect ratio:  2.34:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.00 / 13.45 / 34.86 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

German & English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 448 kbps
German & English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps

Subtitles: English (for the parts spoken in German), English,
French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Danish,
German, Modern Greek, Korean, Vietnamese,
German (for the parts spoken in English) & Italian

Menus available in: German


Special features:
 

  • Teaser (0:42)*
  • Trailer (1:49)*
  • "Verlorene Szene - 'Die Laterne'" ("Deleted Scene - 'The Lantern'," 3:11)*
  • "Making Of" (22:22)**
  • "Effekte und Konzepte" ("Effects and Concepts," 6:36)**
  • "Science Horror" (6:43)**

(All extras are MPEG-4 AVC, 720p60/1.001, in German Dolby Digital 2.0 / 448 kbps.)

Notes: 
This here second release of "Die Farbe" was supposed to fix the problem (some) people in the NTSC lands had with the "PAL" (720p50) format the original disc was encoded in. Me having a multi-sync TV, I can play both versions flawlessly, but - for what it's worth - the re-release is 720p60, so it should play fine for everyone.

The PAL/NTSC thingy aside, there are but a couple of differences I'd like to point out:

  • the new encode has even lower bitrate than the previous one, and that was already not that great to start with as evidenced by the heavy banding in some scenes:

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  • a "ghost" frame (one of the actors appearing at the beginning of a scene for just a single frame) has been removed:

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  • some more subtitle options have been added

  • finally, moving on to the outward appearance, the packaging changed from digipak to a regular Blu-ray case

One more thing I'd like to mention is the fact that - according to one of the featurettes - these guys built their own HD camera, and I must say that the film's moody B & W cinematography looks really stunning!
     However, it wouldn't be me if I didn't always find something to complain about, and here it's a kind of horizontal "streaks" that appear (in both versions) in the darker night-time sequences:

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To see the screenshots in glorious Full HD 1080, click here.

*with the same subtitle tracks as the main feature
**subtitled in English

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