Imagica / King Records (frame 687)

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Last modified on Friday 20th May 2011, 11:14:00 PM

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Label:  Imagica Entertainment / King Records (Japan)

Region:  2
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.27 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:26:42.15

Video:  NTSC (fieldblended from PAL source)
Aspect ratio:  1.84:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.63 / 6.19 / 9.76 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

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

Subtitles: Japanese

Menus available in: Japanese & English


Special features:
 

  • Biographies & filmographies (1 page each, in Japanese)
    • Staff
      • Giulio Questi, Franco Arcalli, Dario Di Palma & Bruno Maderna
    • Cast
      • Jean-Louis Trintignant, Gina Lollobrigida, Eva Aulin & Jean Sobieski
  • Flyer article (12 pages, in Japanese)
  • Poster gallery (11 pages)
  • Trailer (3:48, in Italian)

4-page booklet (in Japanese)

Notes: 
There's nothing I can say about this DVD, that hasn't already been mentioned in Michael Mackenzie's review over at DVDTimes. Nevertheless, let me show you a few examples of the issues he points out. First, the interlaced / non-anamorphic transfer of the feature presentation vs. the progressive / anamorphic trailer (note that the latter uses a different shot for every scene, which makes a direct comparison impossible):

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Regarding the extra shots in the trailer - an issue I myself fussed about in the review of "Der Rächer" - I think this might be a common practice, and does not necessarily mean the film is cut:

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Imagica Entertainment / King Records / Trailer (frame 2126)



About the framing, it seems indeed a bit tight. Michael suggests that the film might have originally been exhibited in a wider aspect ratio. On the other hand, the cramped head-space (particularly visible when compared with the below bootleg DVD+R release framed at 1.71:1) suggests that the intended ratio was perhaps closer to 1.66:1, an AR not uncommon for the gialli from that period:

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Imagica Entertainment / King Records (frame 13176)



And now, to conclude this review, here's a lil'something for my friend tomiisek, a great admirer of Jean-Louis Trintignant: ;-)

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Imagica Entertainment / King Records (frame 21906)



*difference between channels is -75.04 dB (0.02 %),
resp. -74.55 dB (0.02 %)


VHS Port (frame 393)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 02:39:12 AM

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Label:  n/a

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

Disc type:  DVD+R5 (the data occupy 2.95 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:26:50.22

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.71:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.63 / 4.45 / 9.17 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Italian MPEG-1 Layer 2 2.0 mono* / 256 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: None

Special features:
 

None

Notes: This is a VHS-to-DVD+R port of "La morte ha fatto l'uovo."
Its purpose here is to provide a kind of reference for
the Japanese DVD release reviewed above.

*difference between channels is -52.37 dB (0.24 %)


Videa-CDE / Eagle Pictures (frame 572)

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Last modified on Friday 20th May 2011, 11:42:47 PM

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Label:  Videa-CDE / Eagle Pictures (Italy)

Region:  2
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.98 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:25:01.00

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.78:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.35 / 6.07 / 8.31 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Italian for the deaf & hard of hearing

Menus available in: Italian


Special features:
 

DVD credits (1 page)

Notes: 
Cut, cut, CUT! No, I'm not pretending to be a director - I'm just describing this release, it being cut by approx. 1m 43s. The cuts remove most of the gooshy stuff (mouse over the examples [Imagica / King Records] to switch between them - requires JavaScript):

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That alone makes this a wasted opportunity, so I'm not going to bother complaining about the PQ or - THE showstopper for many - lack of English subtitles/dub...

*difference between channels is -84.43 dB (0.01 %)

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