CV / Bonton (frame 432)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 02:47:56 AM

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Label:  CV / Bonton (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.96 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:00:22.12

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.34:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.43 / 5.52 / 6.51 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Slovak
English

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

Filmographies of Jn Kadr (1 page), Elmar Klos (2 pages),
Ida Kamińsk (1 page), Jozef Kroner (4 pages)
& František Zvark (2 pages, in Czech)
Photogallery (1:58, music only)
Interviews with Elmar Kloss (13:14), Juraj Herz (5:30),
Pavel Taussig (6:53) & Jordan Balurov (5:38, in Czech)
Trailers for "Sametov vrazi" (3:00, in Czech),
"Milenci a vrazi" (1:00, in Czech), "Blzko nebe" (1:10, in English),
"Kousek nebe" (1:50, in Czech) & "Slunen stt" (1:51, in Czech)
Production & distribution notes (6 pages, in Czech)

*difference between channels is -79.44 dB (0.01 %)


Criterion Collection (frame 1556)

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Label:  Criterion Collection (USA)

Region:  1
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.98 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:06:17.04

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 7.47 / 9.56 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 1.0 / 160 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

US theatrical trailer (2:20)
6-page booklet (in English)


Intermedio (frame 682)

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Label:  Intermedio (Spain)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.86 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:00:43.05

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.34:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  5.06 / 6.31 / 8.43 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Spanish

Menus available in: Spanish


Special features:
 

  • "Not the Six Million But the One,"
    an essay by Jn Kadr (8 pages, in Spanish)
  • Cast & crew (4 pages, in Spanish)
  • Bio & filmographies (in Spanish)
    • Jn Kadr (6 pages)
    • Elmar Klos (5 pages)
    • Jn Kadr & Elmar Klos (6 pages)
  • Bibliography (14 pages, in Spanish)
  • Other films & collections available
    • "Coleccin La Primavera de Praga" (2 pages)
      • "Konkurs" (2:53**)
      • "Sedmikrsky" (3:08**)
      • "Intimn osvtlen" (3:15**)
      • "Skivnci na niti" (2:48**)
      • "Vesniko m stediskov" (3:24**)
    • "Coleccin Jacques Rivette" (2 pages)
    • "Coleccin Theo Angelopoulos" (1 page)
    • "Coleccin Aleksandr Sokurov" (1 page)
    • Other films (1 page)
    • DVD credits (0:24, in Spanish)

  • 6-page booklet (in Spanish)

Notes: 
First, let's compare the two R2 (reminds me of R2D2 ;-)) editions, because - well - they're virtually identical in terms of picture quality. This one seems to be marginally brighter, shows a smidgen more information on the right & at the bottom, and that's it! It's strange then, that the cue blip in frame 140886 is not present in the older Czech release (frame 140636 - note, however, it's sort of "jagged" (see e.g. the lamp shade in the upper-left corner) - possibly a side-effect of the cue blip "removal").

Now, let's see what Criterion's got to offer - the transfer, while heavily cropped at the top & especially on the left, shows a little more picture on the other two sides. Fortunately, the "infamous" cropping is the DVD's only disadvantage. The fact that (according to the cover) "the transfer was created from a 35 mm fine-grain composite master positive made from the original negative" (as opposed to the who-knows-which-generation positive copy utilised for the PAL discs) makes a huge difference! The level of detail we see here is simply extraordinary - where Bonton / Intermedio display just uniform areas in the shades of grey, Criterion shows depth & texture, with perhaps the best example being Mrs. Lautmann's shirt in frame 116254 - terrific!

(And again - the cue blip in frame 176917; it's strange that while undertaking such a tremendous restoration job, Criterion let the blemish pass unmitigated...)

As a side-note, in the interview on Bonton's DVD, Elmar Kloss (the son, spelled with an extra "s") recalls an amusing story about how his father, Jn Kadr, Jozef Kroner & Ida Kamińsk - none of them speaking English - improvised when accepting the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film in 1966. It's a pity the footage of that event didn't make it to any of the three discs - it'd have been a great extra, I think...

*difference between channels is -50.79 dB (0.29 %)
**in Czech with burnt-in Spanish subtitles

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