RusCiCo (frame 272)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:33:53 AM

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Label:  RusCiCo (Russia)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.79 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:31:00.05

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  Varies from 2.09 to 1.96:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.45 / 7.00 / 8.98 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps
Russian Dolby Digital 1.0 / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Russian & English

Menus available in: Russian & English


Special features:
 

  • Interview with cinematographer A. Rybin (12:52, in Russian*)
  • "Alexei Tolstoy" (5 pages, in Russian & English)
  • Filmographies (in Russian & English)
    • Josif Manevich (screenwriter, 2 pages)
    • Alexander Gintsburg (screenwriter, director, 4 pages)
    • Alexander Rybin (cinematographer, 4 pages)
    • Yevgeny Galei (production designer, 2 pages)
    • Moisey Vainberg (composer, 6 pages)
    • Yevgeny Yevstigneyev (actor, 15 pages)
    • Vsevolod Safonov (actor, 6 pages)
    • Mikhail Astangov (actor, 4 pages)
    • Natalya Klimova (actress, 2 pages)
    • Mikhail Kuznetsov (actor, 5 pages)
    • Vladimir Druzhnikov (actor, 5 pages)
  • Photo album "In Memory of Y. Yevstigneyev" (3:16)
  • Photo album (1:25)
  • Soon on DVD (in Russian)
    • "Only the Best - for Children!" (2:23)
    • Collection "Nikita Mikhalkov: Selected Works" (3:15)
  • Soon in theatres (only accessible from the Russian menus)
    • "El espinazo del diablo" (1:12, in Spanish with Russian voice-over)
    • "Valley of Flowers" (2:05)
    • "Jade Warrior" (1:07)
    • "Tales from Earthsea" (1:40, in Russian)
    • "Spirit of the Forest" (1:01, in English)
    • "Yobi - The Five Tailed Fox" (1:14)
    • "Dirt Nap" (1:00, in English)

Notes: 
Now this is what I call an amazing coincidence! Watching "Hyperboloid..." just a few days after having seen the new UK release of "Things to Come" (reviewed here), I spotted a scene where the Russians used some excavation machinery footage from "Things..." as back-projection: ;-)

109085 / 96300 | 109217 / 96432 | 110014 / 96787

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OK, let's switch to a more serious matter - the film's AR. IMDb claims it's 2.35:1, which is obviously not the case here. Inspired by a similar issue I'm currently investigating for the purpose of another review, I tried the following - I cropped the 576p PAL picture to 480p, flagged it as anamorphic, and voilà - the resulting AR was 2.33:1. As you can see in the examples below, the circular objects do not look egg-shaped anymore after this treatment. And the conclusion? Did RusCiCo want to create anamorphic NTSC transfer, but ended with non-anamorphic PAL instead? My guess is they did...

27070 A / 27070 B | 31689 A / 31689 B | 131024 A / 131024 B

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*with the same subtitle tracks as the main feature

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