KOCH Media / German version (frame 515)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:22:41 AM

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Label:  KOCH Media GmbH (Germany)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.40 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:18:06.11

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.35:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.31 / 6.01 / 9.49 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: German


Special features:
 

  • The English version of the film (see below)
  • Photogallery (67 pages)

  • 16-page booklet (in German)

*difference between channels is -69.63 dB (0.03 %)


KOCH Media / English version (frame 3101)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:22:41 AM

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Label:  KOCH Media GmbH (Germany)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.40 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:40:19.12

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.33:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.47 / 4.96 / 6.31 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: None

Special features:
 

None

Notes: 
This. Film. Was. Boring, boring, BORING! Even the 22 minutes shorter** German version was a pain to sit through, but the original English cut gives a whole new meaning to the words mindless tedium. To be honest, there was a scene or two brighter than the rest, e.g. this turd-curdling chase... in rickshaws!

KOCH Media / English version (frame 65859)

It's been - fortunately - cut from the German version. ;-) Anyway, cuts are not the only difference between the two versions - the order of some of the scenes has been changed as well, e.g. this one appears @ 32:15 in the German version / close to the end of the film (1:22:14) in the English one:

English version | German version

KOCH Media / English version (frame 125961)

Then, a common practice, the on-screen text in English has been replaced by (roughly) the equivalents in German:

English version | German version

KOCH Media / English version (frame 26403)

Regarding the PQ, the scenes common to both versions seem to have come from the same source. Strangely enough, the English version, 22 minutes longer while occupying approx. the same disc space as the German one (3.48 vs. 3.28 GB (video only); 1.05 Mbps lower bitrate - note also the "flatter" graph), is the sharper / more detailed looking one. I noticed a scene where the German version clearly uses a different source - a fact itself not surprising, since there's even a warning preceding the film, which says:

Because of damage and censorship cuts, this version was assembled from several prints. Please excuse the differences in quality in some of the scenes.

The weird thing is that the scene in question is exactly the same in both versions (i.e. no alternate takes):

English version | German version

KOCH Media / English version (frame 76928)

OK, I think I've spent more than enough time on this crappy flick already; conclusion: the presentation of the film(s) is pretty neat, compared to e.g. Kinowelt's similar "Das Rštsel des silbernen Dreiecks" double feature, so if you feel like there's too much fun in your life, be sure to give this a try... (c:

*difference between channels is -72.97 dB (0.02 %)
**while it IS shorter, there's at least one scene not seen it the longer cut:

KOCH Media / German version (frame 56169)

Moreover, according to the booklet, the difference should be 27 minutes (@ film speed = approx. 26 minutes @ 25 fps), the length of the English cut being 104 & the German one 77 minutes (= approx. 100 & 74 @ 25 fps)...

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