Artus Films (frame 2197)

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Last modified on Monday 17th January 2011, 11:24:45 PM

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Label:  Artus Films (France)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.29 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:30:49.01

Video:  Interlaced PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.67:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 6.18 / 8.31 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

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

Subtitles: French

Menus available in: French


Special features:
 

  • "'Riccardo Freda et le fantastique,' par Alain Petit"
    ("Riccardo Freda and the Fantastic," by Alain Petit, 29:04, in French)
  • Photogallery (1:59)
  • Trailers
    • "Le spectre du professeur Hichcock" ("The Ghost," 1:57, in French)
    • "Messiah of Evil" (0:44, in English**)
    • "Climax" (2:04)
    • "The Bride and the Beast" (1:52, in English)
    • "The Playgirls and the Vampire" (1:39, in English)
    • "Tourist Trap" (1:55, in English)
    • "I lunghi capelli della morte" ("The Long Hair of Death," 3:00)
    • "Nathalie dans l'enfer nazi" ("Nathalie: Escape from Hell," 2:52, in English)

Notes: 
Some time ago, I "hailed" Artus Films' take on "I lunghi capelli della morte" as the best (PQ-wise) of the bunch I've got the chance to compare. I considered their "The Emperor and the Golem" release pretty good too (until the Czech one came along ;-)). And now - this...

It seems they started from the same master Retromedia used, however, the result is an interlaced mess of an encode. What I don't understand is the 4 minutes shorter playback time; I always thought that one of the tell-tale signs of an improper "standards" conversion (NTSC > PAL in this case, or so I appreciate) was the virtually identical length of both the NTSC source and the PAL "target" (or vice versa). A nice example of what I'm talking about:

"Late August at the Ozone Hotel"
  • ČT2 DVB, 1:17:38.20; a proper PAL transfer
  • Facets Video, 1:17:41.21; PAL > NTSC standards conversion
  • Noshame Films, 1:17:46.09; NTSC > PAL standards conversion of the above (!)

I guess Artus Films must have used a more "sophisticated" approach... :-P

*difference between channels is -58.68 dB (0.12 %),
resp. -56.34 dB (0.15 %)
**subtitled in French


Retromedia Entertainment (frame 2762)

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Last modified on Monday 17th January 2011, 11:24:47 PM

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Label:  Retromedia Entertainment, Inc. (USA)

Region:  1 & 7
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.54 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:34:57.27

Video:  NTSC
Aspect ratio:  1.67:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 5.74 / 5.84 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

Trailer (2:03, in English)

Notes: "The Ghost" shares the disc with "Dead Eyes of London."

This is the only reasonable-quality version of "The Ghost" currently available, so there's no point fussing about the damage the print displays. However, I'd still like to bring your attention to 2 things:

1. An encoding problem that appears in scenes where the red colour is heavily employed (note that the following example was not squeezed to get the correct AR):

Retromedia Entertainment, Inc. (frame 120925)

2. A strange artefact I found, which can be seen also in the Noshame's edition of Freda's "Caltiki - il mostro immortale." I wonder what it's supposed to be...

Retromedia Entertainment, Inc. (frame 146739) / Noshame Films (frame 91853)

*difference between channels is -67.36 dB (0.04 %)

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