Athanor (frame 513)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 02:54:06 AM

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Label:  Athanor (Czech Republic)

Region:  2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.44 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:06:12.02*

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 4.99 / 8.19 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian & Spanish

Menus available in: Czech, English, German, French, Italian & Spanish


Special features:
 

  • Trailer I (1:02)
  • Trailer II (2:14, in Czech)
  • Audition for the role of Alžbětka (22:29, in Czech**)
  • Scenes not included in the film (9:52, in Czech**)
  • The fairy-tale (3:39, in Czech**)
  • Poster by Eva Švankmajerová (0:19)
  • Photogallery
    • Stills from the film by Boris Baromykin (28 pages)
    • On-set photographs by Jan Růžička (16 pages)
    • On-set photographs by Boris Baromykin (16 pages)
  • Texts by Jan Švankmajer
    (in Czech, English, German, French, Italian & Spanish)
    • Director's thoughts (3 - 4 pages)
    • "Before We Start Shooting Otesánek,"
      excerpts from Jan Švankmajer's diary (23 - 29 pages)
    • "Jan Švankmajer - The Decalogue" (4 - 5 pages)
  • Creative team (in Czech & English)
    • Jan Švankmajer (4 pages)
    • Jaromír Kallista (2 pages)
    • Eva Švankmajerová (3 pages)
    • Juraj Galvánek (1, resp. 2 pages)
    • Ivo Špalj (1 page)
    • Marie Zemanová (1 page)
    • Bedřich Glaser (2 pages)
    • Martin Kublák (1 page)
  • Production team (in Czech & English)
    • Athanor (2 pages)
    • Illuminations (3 pages)
    • FilmFour (27 pages)
    • Barrandov Biografia (7, resp. 8 pages)
  • About the actors (in Czech & English)
    • Veronika Žilková (2 pages)
    • Jan Hartl (3 pages)
    • Jaroslava Kretschmerová (2 pages)
    • Pavel Nový (4 pages)
    • Kristina Adamcová (1 page)
    • Dagmar Stříbrná (1 page)
    • Zdeněk Kozák (1 page)
    • Jitka Smutná (1, resp. 2 pages)
    • Jiří Lábus (4, resp. 5 pages)
    • Arnošt Goldflam (2 pages)
    • Radek Holub (1, resp. 2 pages)

*2 different video "angles" are provided for the opening title sequence
(1:04, in Czech, resp. English). The choice depends on the selected menu language
**with the same subtitle tracks as the main feature


Athanor / The Films of Jan Švankmajer (frame 907)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Friday 30th November 2012, 10:27:26 PM

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Label:  Athanor (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.85 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:06:23.03

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.24 / 4.98 / 9.60 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the hearing impaired, English, French,
Spanish, Italian & German

Menus available in: Czech & English*


Special features:
 

  • Trailer 1 (1:02)
  • Trailer 2 (2:10, in Czech)
  • Photogallery - Movie (1:24, 28 stills)
  • Photogallery - Making of (0:48, 16 stills)
  • Fold-out book (1:12, in Czech & English)
  • Poster (0:30)
  • The fairy tale (3:19, in Czech**)
  • Deleted scenes (9:51, in Czech**)
  • Casting - Alžbětka (22:29, in Czech**)
  • Director's introduction (2 pages, in Czech & English)
  • DVD-ROM features
    • Hi-res poster
    • Director's introduction (PDF, 1 page, in Czech & English)

Notes: Only available in "The Films of Jan Švankmajer" 6-disc set,
together with:



Athanor have had the film cleaned this time - see the example below, but I think I like the look of the original release better; this new one seems a bit green-ish to me:

Athanor | Athanor / The Films of Jan Švankmajer

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A more serious problem is the way the bilingual opening titles / closing credits sequences are handled - whereas the original release used multiple video angles for this purpose, ensuring "seamless" playback, the new one spreads the sequences over several video title sets, resulting in noticeable pauses at the "joins" [tested only in Oppo BDP-93].

*despite the fact that the disc starts with a selection of 6 languages [flags], the menus are only available in Czech & English (although the choice made here does affect the pre-​selected subtitle track)
**subtitled in English, French, Spanish, Italian & German


Moskwood Media (frame 529)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 02:54:06 AM

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Label:  Moskwood Media (The Netherlands)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.78 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:06:10.05

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.24 / 7.14 / 10.00 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Dutch

Menus available in: Dutch


Special features:
 

  • Trailer (0:59)
  • Teaser (2:15, in Czech)
  • Rushes (9:51, in Czech)
  • Short films


SPI Video (frame 514)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 02:54:07 AM

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Label:  SPI Video (Poland)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 5.90 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:06:09.00

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.98 / 6.00 / 6.94 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Surround / 192 kbps
Polish voice-over in Dolby Surround / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Polish

Menus available in: Polish


Special features:
 

DVD catalogue (70 pages, in Polish)

Notes: To compare with the releases by FilmFour (R2)
& Zeitgeist Video (R0 / NTSC), click here.

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