PAN VISION / Studio 24 (frame 4029)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 03:25:06 AM

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Label:  PAN VISION / Studio 24 (Finland)

Region:  2
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.24 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:34:40.00

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.77:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  4.19 / 5.75 / 8.55 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Swedish Dolby Digital 2.0 / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Swedish for the hearing impaired, Norwegian, Finnish & English

Menus available in: Swedish, Finnish & English


Special features:
 

  • "Den lilla mšnniskans storhet"
    ("The Greatness of the Small Man," 56:02, in Swedish*)
  • Director's commentary (in Swedish*)
  • Alternative scenes with director's commentary (in Swedish*)
    • "The Bass Players" (2:23)
    • "The Lobster Feast" (6:51)
    • "The Magician" (1:46)
    • "The Scaffold" (2:59)
  • Production notes (in Swedish, Finnish & English)
    • "Songs from the Second Floor" (1 page)
    • Roy Andersson - biography & filmography (2 pages)
    • Benny Andersson on "Songs from the Second Floor" (2 pages)
    • Cast (1 page)
    • On casting (4 pages)
  • Work in progress
    • "The Bar" (8:02)
    • "The Airport" (7:33)
    • "The Railway Station" (6:14)
  • Gallery (47 pages)

Notes: Only available in a 2-disc set, together with "En kšrlekshistoria."

Firstly, many thanks to my friends Reed & Timo for bringing this little masterpiece of a film to my attention & getting its Finnish DVD incarnation for me! :-D

Now for the technical stuff; Reed, who owns both the US (New Yorker Video) & Swedish (which I assume to be identical with this one) editions, did not recommend the former as being a little soft. For comparison purposes, I took the liberty to borrow two screenshots from DVDBeaver's review of the New Yorker edition, and - as you can see below - not only its sharpness is worse, it in fact seems to be standards-converted (notice the ghosting of the man's hand in the 1st shot, or the rim of the other man's white coat in the 2nd (to better illustrate the problem, I "conjured ghosts" ;-) in the Finnish shots by combining two consecutive frames together)):  
New Yorker Video ( subsample.jpg | 6.jpg )
PAN VISION / Studio 24 (frame 5112 / 5112 + 5113 / 5113 | 111419 / 111419 + 111420 / 111420 )

New Yorker Video (frame ?)




Also, New Yorker zoomed the picture in a bit, perhaps to get rid of the thin black border on the right...?

To be perfectly fair & square, PAN VISION's DVD's got a few (minor) problems of its own - the colorimetry of the feature's video stream changes after the first 200 frames (the Cannes logo) from FCC to ITU-R BT.709, making (at least) my Oppo DV-981HD player freeze for an instant of time. And - I know I'm being too picky - the "Alternative scenes" menu items "The Magician" & "The Scaffold" are linked to the wrong video title sets. One last thing that puzzles me is that there's a subtitle menu in both Swedish & Finnish menus, but there's none in the English one...

*with optional Swedish, Finnish & English subtitles

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