Broadway (frame 1686)

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Last modified on Sunday 11th January 2015, 11:23:55 PM

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Label:  Broadway, Inc. (Japan)

Region:  2
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.05 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:17:10.00

Video:  NTSC (the print occasionally displays severe damage)
Aspect ratio:  Varies from 1.66 to 1.54:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.06 / 6.22 / 8.47 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Japanese

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

Karel Zeman's introduction (1 page, in Japanese)
Introduction to the film (1 page, in Japanese)
Short film "Pan Prokouk filmuje" (8:01, in Czech with optional Japanese subtitles)
Karel Zeman's profile (2 pages) & filmography (1 page, in Japanese)
"Karel Zeman DVD Collector's Box" trailer (2:26, in Japanese)
"Karel Zeman dtem" documentary (17:37, in Czech
with optional Japanese subtitles)**
56-page booklet (hardcover, in Japanese)**
14 postcards**
Badge**

Notes: Vertical position of the frame varies throughout the film.

Also available in "Karel Zeman DVD Collector's Box,"
together with "The Jester's Tale," "Journey to Prehistory," "Krabat,"
"The Tale of John and Marie," "A Thousand and One Nights"
& "The Treasure of Bird Island."

*difference between channels is -51.49 dB (0.27 %)
**only available in "Collector's Box"


CV / Bonton (frame 1329)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 02:45:22 AM

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Label:  CV / Bonton (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.04 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:14:04.00

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  Varies from 1.87 to 1.76:1 anamorphic*


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.20 / 6.19 / 8.74 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the hearing impaired

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

  • Photogallery (2:09, 25 movie stills)
  • Interviews (in Czech)
    • Jiina Jirskov (1:47)
    • Miloš Nesvadba (3:13)
    • Hanuš Bor (7:13)
  • Filmographies (in Czech)
    • Karel Zeman (1 page)
    • Emil Horvth ml. (2 pages)
    • Magda Všryov (3 pages)
    • František Filipovsk (15 pages)
    • Josef Vtrovec (4 pages)
    • estmr anda (5 pages)
    • Vladimr Menšk (10 pages)
    • Jiina Jirskov (4 pages)
  • DVD credits (7 pages, in Czech)

Notes: 
Now, this is something of a rarity! This DVD was supposed to be released half a year ago - on March 12, however, due to certain copyright problems, it met the same fate as the "Ukraden vzducholo" DVD, i.e. the release has been put on hold indefinitely. Luckily for some, thanks to a human error in one of Bonton's stores, a few (tens?) copies had been despatched to a couple of e-shops by the end of last week before Bonton realized the mistake, and cancelled the distribution. ;-)

Regarding the DVD presentation, the print seems to be much cleaner than the Japanese one, shows a bit more picture on sides, and I do believe the colours are more true to the original, as was also the case with "Ukraden vzducholo."

*it says "4:3" on the cover, but it's a mistake
**difference between channels is -84.87 dB (0.01 %)


Karel Zeman Museum (frame 1359)

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Last modified on Monday 19th January 2015, 10:31:25 PM

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Label:  Karel Zeman Museum (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.47 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:14:06.04

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.78:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.24 / 7.00 / 8.58 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Czech & English

Menus available in: Czech & English


Special features:
 

  • "Zrozen filmov legendy" ("The Birth of a Film Legend," 4:57**)
  • "Legenda pokrauje" ("The Legend Continues," 3:17**)
  • "Absurdita vlek" ("The Absurdity of War," 1:18**)
  • "Životn pbh" ("His Life Story," 7 pages, in Czech & English)
  • Filmography (2 pages, in Czech & English)
  • Trailers (in Czech with optional English subtitles)
  • "Karel Zeman Museum" (1:13)

Notes: 
Similarly to the previous Karel Zeman Museum releases, this appears to have come from a new scan, but there the effort stopped - no further restoration work has been done, not even to mitigate the most noticeable print damage (examples below).
What I find interesting is the fact that, colour-wise, the KZM DVD's closest "relative" is from Japan, i.e. the oldest (2004) - indeed the first ever - release of this film anywhere in the world. The Czech Bonton & Greek editions, while similar to each other, sport a decidedly unalike colour palette.

"Does any of that really matter?" you may as well ask. Not in the least - the Museum DVD gets my recommendation anyway, for overall better PQ, English-friendliness, and the simple expedient of actually being in print. (c:

Broadway (frame 42001 | 81446 | 113278)
CV / Bonton (frame 33580 | 65136 | 90604)
Karel Zeman Museum (frame 33610 | 65165 | 90631)
Prooptiki Video (frame 33584 | 65140 | 90607)

Broadway (frame 42001)






*difference between channels is -64.35 dB (0.06 %)
**in Czech with optional Czech & English subtitles


Prooptiki Video (frame 1333)

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Last modified on Monday 29th March 2010, 10:17:45 PM

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Label:  Prooptiki Video (Greece)

Region:  2
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.35 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:14:04.04*

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.83:1 non-anamorphic*


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.45 / 5.70 / 8.62 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 256 kbps

Subtitles: Greek

Menus available in: Greek


Special features:
 

  • Before & after restoration (1:38)
  • Other films available
    • "Czech Collection" (2 pages)
    • "Bergman Collection" (4 pages)
  • DVD credits (0:13)

  • 4-page booklet (in Greek)

*it says "134'" & "16X9" on the cover, but it's a mistake
**difference between channels is -60.46 dB (0.09 %)


Sinister Film (frame 1336)

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Last modified on Monday 23rd February 2015, 09:21:59 PM

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Label:  Sinister Film (Italy)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.30 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:13:55.12

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.78:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.98 / 5.49 / 7.21 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Italian Dolby Surround [in fact mono*] / 192 kbps
Czech Dolby Surround [in fact mono*] / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Italian

Menus available in: Italian


Special features:
 

Luigi Cozzi on Karel Zeman (7:35, in Italian)

Notes: Only available in "Karel Zeman Collection" 2-disc set,
together with "The Fabulous Baron Munchausen" & "The Stolen Airship."

*difference between channels is -65.77 dB (0.05 %),
resp. -51.23 dB (0.27 %)

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