Athanor (frame 5760)

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Last modified on Monday 25th January 2016, 11:52:53 PM

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Label:  Athanor / Pragofilm (Czech Republic)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.47 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:44:33.00*

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.78:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 5.50 / 9.06 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:
 

  • Making of (14:01, in Czech**)
  • Making of (Technological Process) (9:59, in Czech**)
  • "A Dream About a Dream" (22:51, in Czech**)
  • Trailer 1 (1:09, in Czech***)
  • Trailer 2 (2:03, in Czech***)
  • Alternative (rejected) ending (1:24, in Czech***)
  • Work-in-progress photography (3:34, 71 film stills)


  • Photo-collage (0:55, 18 photos)
  • Poster (0:30)
  • Contact information (1 page, in Czech & English)
  • DVD-ROM features
    • Hi-res poster
    • "Instead of an Explication" (PDF, 1 page, in Czech & English)

Notes: 
This looks very good for SD (the film itself is, of course, excellent :-D). I wouldn't say no to a Blu-ray, but I guess we have to be thankful for what we've got, as the film probably didn't do very well sales-wise here; can't really say the cinema was packed when we went to see it - there were 11 (!) people beside me and my wife, and 2 of them walked out halfway through the film. :-P Well, here's hoping the DVD does better! (c:

Oh, in case you're wondering what I meant by the 1st footnote below (*) - basically, there's no way to play the entire film in Czech with subtitles, as Švankmajer's (hilarious) intro is not subtitled (well, it is - in Czech HoH ;-)), so "non-Czech" speakers need to go the "intro w/ voice-over + the rest subtitled" way (no worries though - I hear that's how the film was presented at festivals abroad)...

*6 different video "angles" are provided for the first 4:22 of the film. They consist of an introduction by Jan Švankmajer (3:16, in Czech & Czech with English, French, Spanish, Italian, resp. German voice-over — NO subtitles) & the opening title sequence (1:06, in Czech, English, French, Spanish, Italian & German). The choice depends on the selected menu language, even though the actual menus are only available in Czech & English (i.e. selecting French, Spanish, Italian or German triggers the respective voice-​over, but the menus default to English)
**with optional Czech for the hearing impaired & English subtitles
***with the same subtitle tracks as the main feature


Athanor (frame 5760)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Monday 01st February 2016, 11:01:07 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 7.56 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:44:33.00*

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.78:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 5.50 / 9.06 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:
 

  • Making of (14:01, in Czech**)
  • Making of (Technological Process) (9:59, in Czech**)
  • "A Dream About a Dream" (22:51, in Czech**)
  • Trailer 1 (1:09, in Czech***)
  • Trailer 2 (2:03, in Czech***)
  • Alternative (rejected) ending (1:24, in Czech***)
  • Work-in-progress photography (3:34, 71 film stills)
  • Photo-collage (0:55, 18 photos)
  • Poster (0:30, in Czech & English)
  • "Instead of an Explication" (2 pages, in Czech & English)
  • Contact information (1 page, in Czech & English)
  • DVD-ROM features
    • Hi-res poster (JPG, in Czech & PDF, in English)
    • "Instead of an Explication" (PDF, 2 pages, in Czech & English)

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



As far as I can tell, the changes compared to the original release are minimal: different menus & distributor logos + the [slightly augmented] extras in italics above.
     The video streams themselves are bitwise identical; thus, at the bottom of this page, you'll find only one set of screenshots representing both Athanor DVDs.

*6 different video "angles" are provided for the first 4:22 of the film. They consist of an introduction by Jan Švankmajer (3:16, in Czech & Czech with English, French, Spanish, Italian, resp. German voice-over — NO subtitles) & the opening title sequence (1:06, in Czech, English, French, Spanish, Italian & German). The choice depends on the selected menu language, even though the actual menus are only available in Czech & English (i.e. selecting French, Spanish, Italian or German triggers the respective voice-​over, but the menus default to English)
**with optional Czech for the hearing impaired & English subtitles
***with the same subtitle tracks as the main feature


Nippon Columbia / Blu-ray (frame 5784)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Tuesday 26th January 2016, 12:00:00 AM

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Label:  Nippon Columbia (Japan)

Region:  A, B & C
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  AACS

Disc type:  BD50 (the data occupy 38.35 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:48:57.17

Video:  MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001
Aspect ratio:  1.78:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.00 / 34.71 / 49.96 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1 / 3,513 kbps

Subtitles: Japanese

Menus available in: Japanese & English


Special features:
 

  • Making of (Technological Process) (10:00, MPEG-4 AVC, 1080i60/1.001, in Czech*)
  • Making of (14:02, MPEG-4 AVC, 1080i60/1.001, in Czech*)
  • Trailer 1 (2:10, in Czech DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Trailer 2 (1:02, in Czech DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Japanese trailer (1:51, in Japanese)

(Unless noted otherwise, all extras are MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001, DTS-HD MA 2.0.)

To see the screenshots in glorious Full HD 1080, click here.

*subtitled in Japanese

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