CV / Bonton (frame 1056)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 02:58:16 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 4.22 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:36:11.06

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.70 / 3.94 / 4.27 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the hearing impaired

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

  • Filmographies (in Czech)
    • Vra Chytilov (2 pages)
    • Lukš Bech (1 page)
    • Antonn Vaha (1 page)
    • Eva Karkov (1 page)
    • Oldich Navrtil (3 pages)
    • Ji Kodet (5 pages)
  • Photogallery (1:33, 31 movie stills)
  • Interviews (in Czech)
    • Vra Chytilov (16:46)
    • Oldich Navrtil (1:15)
    • Vclav Šašek (5:23)
  • Other films available
    • For kids (8 pages)
    • Films & comedies (11 pages)
    • "Zlat kolekce eskch film" (12 pages, in Czech)
  • Trailers (in Czech)
    • "astnci zjezdu" (2:11)
    • "Doblba!" (2:00)
    • "Ješt žiji s vškem, plcakou a epic" (3:16)
    • "Indin a sestika" (1:00)
    • "Všechno nejlepš" (2:25)
    • "Maharal" (1:52)
  • DVD credits (9 pages, in Czech)

Notes: 
This DVD is only available as a free supplement of the Bijk magazine 06/2007. According to the review of the film in the magazine, the original title "Panelstory" had to be amended by an optimistic "aneb Jak se rod sdlišt" ("or How a Collective Settlement Is Born") to please the communist representatives. And speaking of titles, I remember reading in various places on the Internet, that Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" is supposed to have the longest opening title sequence in the history of cinema. Coincidentally, I own the Paramount's R2 / Germany edition of "Once Upon a Time..." (the booklet indeed boasts that "Spiel mir das Lied vom Tod" hat die lngste Titelsequenz der Filmgeschichte ;-)), so I checked, and the last credit with Leone's name disappears @ 9:43. Well, it seems "die Filmgeschichte" is wrong, because the last credit in "Panelstory" disappears @ 14:26! :-D


Regarding the film's presentation on this DVD, it's questionable at best. The video transfer is quite acceptable, even though the flat bitrate graph & the interlace-like artefacts (see below) suggest that it comes directly from a DigiBeta tape. The audio, however, is utterly disappointing. The sound level is too low (-45.78 dB according to my measurements), the dynamics is non-existent, and there's a steady LF hum throughout the track, rendering the dialogue almost unintelligible. Based on the comments on the Zna discussion board, the reason for this is - simply enough - that there was no better source available. If that's the case, a warning on the cover would be nice...

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*difference between channels is -79.60 dB (0.01 %)

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