Filmexport Home Video / Noshame Films (frame 745)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:46:59 AM

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Label:  Filmexport Home Video (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 5.54 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:22:48.13

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.34:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.22 / 6.02 / 8.62 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the deaf and hard of hearing
English

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

  • Introduction by a film historian (29:20, in Czech)
  • Photogallery (3:21, music only)
  • Biographies & filmographies (in Czech)
    • Polák Jindřich (7 pages)
    • Juráček Pavel (4 pages)
    • Kališ Jan (7 pages)
    • Liška Zdeněk (18 pages)
    • Lukavský Radovan (10 pages)
    • Macháček Miroslav (7 pages)
    • Medřická Dana (7 pages)
    • Smolík František (8 pages)
    • Štěpánek Zdeněk (9 pages)
    + bibliography (1 page)
  • Contemporary documentation (1:29, in Czech)
  • Contemporary documentation on DVD-ROM
  • Making of (34:41, in Czech)
  • Festivals & awards (1 page, in Czech)
  • Excerpt from the US version of the film (5:06, in English)
  • ČRo 1 - Radiožurnál ad (0:31, in Czech)
  • About the DVD
    • Filmexport Home Video (3 pages, in Czech)
    • National Film Archive (2 pages, in English & Czech)
    • Sci-fi magazine Ikarie (3 pages, in Czech)
  • "Zlatý fond" on DVD (60 pages, in Czech)
  • Other films available (14 pages, in Czech)

  • A3-sized poster

*difference between channels is -71.33 dB (0.03 %)


Filmexport Home Video / Noshame Films (frame 745)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:46:59 AM

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Label:  Noshame Films (Italy)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 4.83 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:22:48.13

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.34:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.22 / 6.02 / 8.62 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Italian & English

Menus available in: Italian


Special features:
 

  • Making of (34:41, in Czech**)
  • Excerpt from the US version of the film (5:06, in English**)
  • Gallery
    • Photos (3:55)
    • Promotional material (1:15)
    • Posters (0:50)
  • DVD credits (0:24, in Italian)
  • DVD-ROM features
    • English & German pressbook (PDF, 5, resp. 6 pages)
    • "Ikarie XB 1 - film, který nám dal jméno,"
      an interview with director Jindřich Polák (PDF, 5 pages, in Czech)
    • Contemporary documentation (PDF, 2 pages, in Czech)

Notes: Only available in "Stelle rosse 2: La fantascienza della Cecoslovacchia" 3-disc set,
together with "Late August at the Ozone Hotel," "Who Wants to Kill Jessie?"
& 16-page booklet (in Italian).

As I expected, Noshame's edition of "Icarus XB 1" is a direct port of the older Czech release, a fact making visual comparison superfluous (i.e. the screengrabs are bitwise identical). Thus, at the bottom of this page, you'll find only one set of screenshots representing both DVDs.

*difference between channels is -71.33 dB (0.03 %)
**with optional Italian subtitles


Second Run (frame 733)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Monday 10th February 2014, 10:17:22 PM

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Label:  Second Run Ltd. (UK)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 5.95 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:22:54.00

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.34:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  7.49 / 8.50 / 9.60 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

  • "An appreciation by Kim Newman" (11:31, in English)

  • 20-page booklet (in English)

Notes: 
Thanks to the good folks at Second Run, "Ikarie XB 1" came out in the UK on this universally praised DVD. The comments on the web led me to believe that it was based on a new master, so I was curious how it stacks up against the 2006 Filmexport release.
     Well, as you can see in our gallery, the master's not new, but it has been cleaned up considerably (a fact not readily apparent in the screenshots but pretty obvious "in motion") - the only clean-up FEX did (that I noticed) was simply deleting one severely damaged frame (left "as is" on the SR DVD):

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Second Run (frame 38724 / 38725 / 38726)

Filmexport Home Video / Noshame Films (frame 38736)

I am a bit disappointed; I was hoping that - similarly to "Man from the First Century," another B&W 'scope sci-fi flick previously released by FEX (admittedly, that DVD was utter crap compared to Ikarie) - the film'd had a new HD scan made, and that Second Run based their edition thereon... Not everyday is a Sunday, I guess, but their effort still is an improvement on the Czech DVD (which, I think, is out of print anyway). Highly recommended! (c:

*difference between channels is -81.44 dB (0.01 %)


STV 1 DVB (frame 722)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 01:46:59 AM

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Label:  STV 1 DVB (Slovakia)

Region:  n/a
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  n/a

Disc type:  n/a

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:22:44.04

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.80:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.96 / 5.60 / 8.98 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 384 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: None

Special features:
 

None

Notes: This is a recording from STV 1's digital satellite broadcast.
Although it's cropped on both sides from the OAR 2.35:1 to 1.80:1,
it shows more information on the top & the bottom of the frame
than the otherwise flawless FEX disc.

*difference between channels is -49.27 dB (0.34 %)

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