Artus Films (frame 168)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 02:26:18 AM

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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 7.55 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:34:31.23

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.64:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.86 / 6.04 / 8.15 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: French

Menus available in: French


Special features:
 

  • Interview with Edoardo Margheriti (10:40, in Italian**)
  • "Mon ami Nini," by Luigi Cozzi ("My friend Nini," 15:29, in Italian**)
  • "Antonio Margheriti," by Alain Petit (42:18, in French)
  • "La sorcellerie : culte des ancêtres et des forces de la nature," by Anne Ferlat
    ("Witchcraft: the cult of the ancestors & the forces of nature," 17:52, in French)
  • Photogallery (45 pages)
  • Technical notes (3 pages, in French)
  • Filmographies
    • Antonio Margheriti (6 pages)
    • Barbara Steele (5 pages)
    • Giorgio Ardisson (6 pages)
  • DVD credits (1 page, in French)

  • 8-page booklet (in French)

Notes: 
Although positively better looking than the Eclectic DVD, the French release sports the same, or - in some cases - worse damage, as you can see in the following examples:

Artus Films (frame 29368 | 33717 / 33718 | 80940 | 88376 | 94927 / 94928 | 119406 / 119407)
Eclectic DVD Distribution (frame 35053 | 40214 / 40215 | 96837 | 105751 | 113611 / 113612 | 143012 / 143013)
Incredibly Strange Filmworks (frame 34584 | 39746 / 39747 | 96303 | 105218 | 113078 / 113079 | 142479 / 142480)
Raro Video (frame 29319 | 33595 / 33596 | ??? | ??? | 94069 / 94070 | 118217 / 118218)

Artus Films (frame 29368)






Besides the usual dirt, scratches, and whatnot, I also spotted a strange artefact - better described by the examples below - appearing multiple times throughout the film, usually lasting the entire shot:

Artus Films (frame 52559 | 89878 | 92822)
Eclectic DVD Distribution (frame 62802 | 107552 | 111087)
Incredibly Strange Filmworks (frame 62334 | 107019 | 110554)
Raro Video (frame 52374 | 89021 | 91965)

Artus Films (frame 52559)






Another problem is that the transfer seems to have been taken from some kind of a field-based (i.e. not progressive) source, as evidenced by a very slight combing (not real interlacing, mind you), and a few odd interlaced frames here & there:

Artus Films (frame 89881 | 104996 / 104997)
Eclectic DVD Distribution (frame 107562 | 125683 / 125684)
Incredibly Strange Filmworks (frame 107029 | 125149 / 125150)
Raro Video (frame 89024 | ??? / ???)

Artus Films (frame 89881)






The last thing I thought I'd mention is an abrupt cut in the film's only topless scene (see below). It might be intentional, but who knows...?

Artus Films (frame 69147 / 69148)
Eclectic DVD Distribution (frame 82691 / 82692)
Incredibly Strange Filmworks (frame 82224 / 82225)
Raro Video (frame 68313 / 68314)

Artus Films (frame 69147)






*difference between channels is -80.18 dB (0.01 %),
resp. -74.29 dB (0.02 %)
**with optional French subtitles


Eclectic DVD Distribution (frame 28)

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Label:  Eclectic DVD Distribution (USA)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.22 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:34:23.21

Video:  NTSC (fieldblended from PAL source)
Aspect ratio:  1.59:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.45 / 4.39 / 4.55 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 320 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

None

Notes: 
The only thing worth mentioning about this despicable version is that some time after the 30th minute the audio gets out of sync with the video by about 1/2 a second!

*difference between channels is -92.04 dB (0.00 %)


Incredibly Strange Filmworks (frame cut from this release)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 02:26:19 AM

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Label:  Incredibly Strange Filmworks (USA)

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

Disc type:  DVD-R5 (the data occupy 3.25 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:36:13.22*

Video:  NTSC (fieldblended from PAL source)
Aspect ratio:  1.58:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.78 / 4.53 / 6.78 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

None

*the last 3,317 frames (1:50) contain a "Dr. Cadman's Secret" trailer (in English)
**difference between channels is -42.99 dB (0.71 %)


Raro Video (frame 138)

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Label:  Raro Video (Italy)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.27 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:33:41.10

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.54:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.80 / 5.00 / 5.61 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 256 kbps
English Dolby Digital 1.0 / 128 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: Italian & English


Special features:
 

  • Interviews (in Italian)
    • Edoardo Margheriti (10:40)
    • Antonio Tentori (6:17)
  • DVD credits (1 page, in Italian)

  • 8-page booklet (in Italian & English)

Notes: 
To begin with, many thanks to Steve N. a.k.a. Squonkamatic @ The Latarnia Forums for making this comparison possible! (c:

Now, to cut it short, let's mercifully forget about the 2 American (bootleg?) editions, and focus on the European ones. To cut it even shorter:

Artus Films
+ anamorphic
+ better looking (at least to my eyes)
+ complete (I've no reason to think otherwise)
− not English-friendly

Raro Video
+ English-friendly
− looking worse than the French version (there's also a greenish tinge to the picture)
− missing a couple of snippets of footage here & there (refer to our gallery below & the print damage samples in the Artus Films review above)
− non-anamorphic

Bottom line:
If youDoNotNeedEnglishFriendliness ' ;-)
BuyTheFrenchDVD()
Else
BuyTheFrenchDVD() ' just for the visuals
End If
*difference between channels is -53.11 dB (0.22 %)

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