Řitka Video (frame 763)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 02:02:07 AM

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Label:  Řitka Video (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.09 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:38:49.17

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.30:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.21 / 5.40 / 7.49 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

Other films available (1 page)

Notes: 
The picture is riddled with dirt, scratches & whatnot - Řitka did not bother to do anything about even the most severe print damage (the following are JavaScript animations):


*difference between channels is -75.80 dB (0.02 %)


SFI & The Daily SME (frame 772)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Monday 30th January 2012, 11:51:07 PM

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Label:  SFI & The Daily SME (Slovakia)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.33 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:39:09.14

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 5.01 / 7.13 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 256 kbps
Slovak audio descriptive in Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 256 kbps

Subtitles: Slovak & English

Menus available in: Slovak & English


Special features:
 

  • Newsreel (12:30, in Czech & Slovak**)
  • About the movie (2 pages, in Slovak & English)
  • Press coverage (3 pages, in Slovak & English)
  • Biographies (in Slovak & English)
    • Paľo Bielik (2 pages)
    • Vladimír Mináč (2 pages)
    • Karol Krška (2 pages)
    • Ladislav Chudík (3 pages)
    • Hilda Augustovičová (2 pages)
  • Photogallery (8 movie stills)

  • 16-page booklet (in Slovak)

Notes: This film is a part of the "Slovak Cinema of the 40's & 50's" DVD edition
(released by SFI & The Daily SME), which also includes:


The disc starts with the SFI logo, followed by an ad for Klapka.sk. The latter is actually a short interview with Ladislav Chudík (0:50, in Slovak), who speaks about his role in "Kapitán Dabač."

From SFI's press release:

The "Slovak Cinema of the 40's & 50's" edition was supposed to be released last year [2010] already, however, given the physical condition of these older titles and the complexity of the restoration work, it was moved to this year. All the films in this edition are thus brought to the viewers in a high quality presentation with restored picture and sound. Because of the extensive print damage, the complete digital restoration took two whole years, the most difficult part being the image restoration. The colour grading on "Šťastie príde v nedeľu" was done by its own cinematographer Vladimír Ješina, who, as a close collaborator and friend of Paľo Bielik, corrected also "Kapitán Dabač" and "Štyridsaťštyri". The grading on "Čert nespí," also shot by Vladimír Ješina, was, due to Ješina's health problems, done by Peter Csordás. For the other films, whose cinematographers are not among us any more, the work was delegated by the Slovak Association of Cinematographers to Stanislav Szomolányi ("Katka," "Rodná zem," "Štvorylka," "Dáždnik svätého Petra") and Vladimír Holloš ("Varuj...!," "Vlčie diery").

Ladislav Dedík from Studio 727, who participated in the digitalisation and restoration of the films, describes the process: "The films we worked on were heavily damaged due to their age, quality of film stock, and the technological processes used in production and the creation of film prints. Because some of the films were used as propaganda material, the numbers of prints made were considerable, each new copy further damaging the original negative. In case of the war films, the authentic World War II archival footage used differed from the rest of the material in terms of grain structure and the amount of print damage. These parts made the restoration process much more difficult. The most frequently appearing types of damage were dust, dirt, splices, tramlines, scratches, tears and breaks, instability, gate hairs, jumps in grain density, and even missing frames. The most effort-demanding titles were "Varuj...!," "Vlčie diery," "Kapitán Dabač" and "Katka." To give you a better idea, while there were 1.5 million blemishes on average in each of the films in the previous edition [Slovak Cinema of the 60's], the majority of titles in this edition contained more than 20 million. This fact is the reason why some of these films took over a year to restore."


Given the fact that I earn my living (metaphorically ;-)) writing mostly about technical shortcomings of the discs I review, there's not much for me to do here - save two instances where a couple of frames are missing (strangely enough, they're present in the mangled mess that is Řitka's older - unrestored - edition):

SFI & The Daily SME (frame 39048 /39049 | 73578 /73579)
Řitka Video (frame 38881 / 38882 / 38883 38884 | 73220 / 73221 / 73222 73223)

SFI & The Daily SME (frame 39048)

and my usual complaint about SFI's bit-starved encodes (why not use a DVD9 or - possibly - a better encoder?):

SFI & The Daily SME (frame 60491)

there's really nothing I can complain about... Poor me! ;-)

(Although, the picture maybe IS a tad too bright, and I'm saying that based on my viewing experience [on as-close-to-calibrated-as-I-could-get TV], not in comparison with Řitka's DVD.)

*difference between channels is -84.01 dB (0.01 %),
resp. -80.87 dB (0.01 %)
**subtitled in Slovak & English

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