Athanor (frame 916)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

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

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Label:  Athanor (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.76 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:32:18.05

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.33:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.24 / 4.49 / 9.25 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps
English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the hearing impaired & English

Menus available in: Czech & English


Special features:
 

  • Photogallery (2:10, 43 stills)
  • Poster (0:30)
  • "Jan Švankmajer - From the Diary" (19, resp. 20 pages, in Czech & English)
  • Director's introduction (3 pages, in Czech & English)
  • DVD-ROM features
    • Hi-res poster
    • "Jan Švankmajer - From the Diary" (PDF, 11 pages, in Czech & English)
    • Director's introduction (PDF, 2 pages, in Czech & English)

Notes: Only available in "The Films of Jan Švankmajer" 6-disc set,
together with:



Beautiful transfer, clean as a whistle too - I think I noticed one little scratch near Petr Čepek's head in one scene, but that's about it! As regards the competition, we can discard all the crappy interlaced-like (analogue/tape source?) PAL editions immediately, and the Japanese one... it does show more picture especially on the right side, but Athanor's new master blows it out of the water in every other aspect.

Oh, and the new 5.1 mix is very nice too - very "ambient", although the purist in me wishes they had included the original mono audio - it's not as if there was no space on the disc left for it...

*difference between channels is -61.68 dB (0.08 %)


Columbia Video (frame 733)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:13:28 AM

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Label:  Columbia Video (Japan)

Region:  2 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.00 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:36:09.05

Video:  NTSC
Aspect ratio:  1.31:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.31 / 4.99 / 8.31 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 384 kbps

Subtitles: Japanese

Menus available in: Japanese


Special features:
 

  • Trailer (0:51)
  • "Art Animation" trailers
    • "Alice" (1:03, in English with burnt-in Japanese subtitles)
    • "Anthology of Short Films by Jan Švankmajer" (0:31)
    • "Faust" (0:48)
    • "Conspirators of Pleasure" (0:52)
    • "The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb" (1:43, in English)

Notes: 
I guess there's no elaboration necessary to tell which version looks better - you can easily see that for yourself. Which version sounds better, however, is one of the tough ones. I'd say the Russian disc's got an edge for the inclusion of the original Czech soundtrack, but it's no good unless you understand spoken Czech, or written Russian...

One more thing about the Russian DVD I'd like to mention is the packaging - I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was made completely out of paper. ;-)

*difference between channels is -95.87 dB (0.00 %)


Karmen Video (frame 601)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:13:28 AM

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Label:  Karmen Video (Russia)

Region:  5
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.74 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:32:02.01

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.31:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.53 / 5.28 / 9.25 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Russian voice-over in Dolby Digital 2.1 mono* / 192 kbps
Czech Dolby Digital 2.1 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Russian

Menus available in: Russian


Special features:
 

Other films available (20 pages, in Russian)

*difference between channels is -55.16 dB (0.17 %),
resp. -55.95 dB (0.16 %)


Moskwood Media (frame 594)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:13:28 AM

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Label:  Moskwood Media (The Netherlands)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.30 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:32:04.12

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.34:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.24 / 5.49 / 9.92 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps
English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Dutch

Menus available in: Dutch


Special features:
 

Short films
*difference between channels is -69.35 dB (0.03 %),
resp. -66.09 dB (0.05 %)


Track Media / Llamentol (frame 594)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:13:28 AM

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Label:  Track Media / Llamentol (Spain)

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

Disc type:  2 x DVD5 (the data occupy 4.05 & 1.46 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:32:02.16

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.31:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.61 / 5.83 / 8.86 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Spanish

Menus available in: Spanish


Special features:
 

Disc 1
  • Cast & crew (2 pages, in Spanish)
  • Jan Švankmajer's filmography (4 pages)
  • Awards (1 page, in Spanish)

Disc 2
  • Short films
    • "Zamilované maso" ("Meat Love," 1:22)
    • "Picknick mit Weismann" ("Picnic with Weismann," 10:40)
    • "Another Kind of Love" (3:35, in English)
    • "Flora" (0:30)
    • "The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia" (9:38)
    • "Food" (16:20)

Notes: 
Although showing a few extra lines of image, this seems to have come from the same source as Moskwood's version = nothing to write home about. There's a sort of jaggedness to the picture, suggesting its origin in an analogue tape of some kind. So far, only the Japanese edition seems to be film sourced...

*difference between channels is -69.15 dB (0.03 %)

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