CÈV / Bonton (frame 6576)

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Last modified on Monday 26th November 2012, 11:24:56 PM

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Label:  CÈV / Bonton (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.29 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:48:06.01

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.04 / 4.00 / 6.12 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Surround / 192 kbps)

Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian & Czech

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

  • Photos
    • From the shooting (0:22, 5 stills)
    • From the movie (2:32, 37 stills)
  • Biographies (in English, Czech & Slovak)
    • Juraj Jakubisko (26, 21 & 24 pages)
    • Laco Kraus (4 pages)
    • Jiøí Bulis (2 pages)
    • Anton Krajèoviè (4, 3 & 3 pages)
    • Marie Franková (2 pages)
    • Bolek Polívka (2, 3 & 3 pages)
    • Ondøej Pavelka (3, 2 & 2 pages)
    • Markéta Hrubešová (3, 2 & 2 pages)
    • Deana Horváthová (9, 8 & 9 pages)
    • Miroslav Macháèek (3 pages)
  • Awards (14 pages, in English, Czech & Slovak)
  • Short film "Bubeník Èerveného kríža" ("The Drummer for the Red Cross," 13:06)
  • Jakubisko Film & CÈV present (10:25)
  • About the DVD

Notes: 
The transfer of this visually arresting film is marred only by low bitrate, a fact easily noticeable in scenes with lots of movement (see the frame below, blown-up to 200 %) as well as the more static setups (see e.g. frame 62033 in the gallery).

CÈV / Bonton (frame 129358)


ÈT1 DVB (frame 6948)

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Last modified on Thursday 29th November 2012, 11:00:19 PM

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Label:  ÈT1 DVB (Czech Republic)

Region:  n/a
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  n/a

Disc type:  n/a

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:01:08.17

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.37 / 3.17 / 6.62 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Slovak MPEG-1 Layer 2 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: None

Special features:
 

None

Notes: This is a recording from ÈT1's digital satellite broadcast.
Its purpose here is to provide a kind of reference for
the DVD releases reviewed above & below.

*difference between channels is -49.47 dB (0.34 %)


Slovak Film Institute (frame 6995)

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Last modified on Thursday 29th November 2012, 11:00:19 PM

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Label:  Slovak Film Institute (Slovakia)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 5.87 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:01:11.00

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.20 / 6.51 / 8.82 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 256 kbps

Subtitles: Slovak & English

Menus available in: Slovak & English


Special features:
 

  • About the movie (2 pages, in Slovak & English)
  • Press coverage (2 pages, in Slovak & English)
  • Biographies (2 pages each, in Slovak & English)
    • Juraj Jakubisko
    • Jozef Paštéka
    • Ladislav Kraus
  • Photogallery (8 movie stills)

Notes: Only available in "3x Juraj Jakubisko" 3-disc set, together with:


The most interesting "feature" of Slovak Film Institute's DVD of "Sitting Pretty on a Tree" / "Sitting on a Branch I Am Fine" is the extra 12:59.22 of footage not found on the older Czech release. I'm not sure what the deal here is, but this is what I think - the 121-minute cut of the film is the "original" (signed off in 1989); Jakubisko later created the shorter version, quite possibly at the time when his production company Jakubisko Film started releasing his films on DVD in the Czech Republic (SFI put a stop to that after only a few titles had been out on account of them owning the rights to the films in question - Jakubisko then unsuccessfully contested the fact in courts for years). The Czech DVD, on top of being "cut" (157 scenes are missing / shorter - yes, I loaded both versions into a video editor and found all the differences :-P), sports at times a radically different (example below), at others just a darker / more contrasty colour palette; the 3rd entry in this comparison - ÈT1's broadcast of the longer version - is not really helpful in this matter, oscillating between the two DVDs, but mostly pushed toward the blues.

CÈV / Bonton | ÈT1 DVB | Slovak Film Institute

CÈV / Bonton (frame 69643)



However, assuming that the shorter version was indeed created by Jakubisko himself at a later time, it might in fact be considered his preferred version (or "director's cut"), so even though the Czech DVD is not a patch on SFI's PQ-wise, if you've already got it I suggest you hold on to it (especially since it's been OOP for ages + there's also the short film "The Drummer for the Red Cross"), but get the SFI too for the better PQ.

BTW, the Jakubisko set comes in a flimsy envelope-like (very thin) "digipak" with the discs simply inserted in slits in the digipak's sides - a most unfortunate solution; all three discs in my set were stuck to the glue that holds the digipak together. ;-(


*difference between channels is -83.91 dB (0.01 %)

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CÈV / Bonton | ÈT1 DVB | Slovak Film Institute

CÈV / Bonton (frame 7516)

CÈV / Bonton | ÈT1 DVB | Slovak Film Institute

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CÈV / Bonton | ÈT1 DVB | Slovak Film Institute

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CÈV / Bonton | ÈT1 DVB | Slovak Film Institute

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CÈV / Bonton | ÈT1 DVB | Slovak Film Institute

CÈV / Bonton (frame 62033)

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CÈV / Bonton | ÈT1 DVB | Slovak Film Institute

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CÈV / Bonton (frame 107085)

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CÈV / Bonton (frame 156977)

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