Metropolitan Filmexport (frame 589)

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Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 03:38:23 AM

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Label:  Metropolitan Filmexport (France)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.25 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:24:11.11*

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.84:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.96 / 5.65 / 9.09 Mbps

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Audio:
 

French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps
English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps

Subtitles: French (forced on the English soundtrack)

Menus available in: French


Special features:
 

  • Commentary by Serge Grünberg (in French)
  • Interview with David Cronenberg (22:00, in English***)
  • Filmographies
    • Barbara Steele (7 pages)
    • Joe Silver (2 pages)
    • Ivan Reitman (5 pages)
    • David Cronenberg (trailers)
      • "Shivers" (1975, 1:25, in English***)
      • "Rabid" (1977, 2:08, in English***)
      • "The Brood" (1979, 1:38, in French)
      • "The Dead Zone" (1983, 2:09, in English****)
      • "Dead Ringers" (1988, 1:29, in English***)
      • "Naked Lunch" (1991, 1:26, in English****)
      • "M. Butterfly" (1993, 1:46, in English****)
      • "Crash" (1996, 1:22, in English****)
      • "eXistenZ" (1999, 2:03, in English****)
      • "Spider" (2002, 1:51, in English***)

Notes: Only available in a collector's 2-disc set, together with "Rabid."

*the first 358 frames contain the Metropolitan logo
**difference between channels is -75.14 dB (0.02 %),
resp. -74.98 dB (0.02 %)
***with forced French subtitles
****with burnt-in French subtitles


Prism Leisure Corp.Plc. (frame 233)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 03:38:24 AM

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Label:  Prism Leisure Corp.Plc. (UK)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.33 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:23:28.16

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.78:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.70 / 4.43 / 5.76 Mbps

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Audio:
 

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

  • Trailers
    • "Rabid" (2:08, in English)
    • "Shivers" (1:25, in English)
  • Introduction by David Cronenberg (8:16, in English)
  • Production notes by Kim Newman (20 pages, in English)
  • Filmographies (in English)
    • Barbara Steele (11 pages)
    • Paul Hampton (3 pages)
    • Joe Silver (3 pages)
    • David Cronenberg (5 pages)
  • Image gallery (1:21, 16 movie stills)

Notes: 
I won't be the first one to say that this UK DVD is awful. Not only is the transfer severely cropped, washed out, and generally horrible, moreover, it's partially interlaced, and it's missing around 18 seconds** of footage! It's mostly just a few frames here & there, however, there are a few places where as much as 89 frames (almost 4 seconds) are missing. Following is a visual index of the missing footage (the screenshots come from the French version; mouse over the images to see the number of frames missing @ a given time in the UK DVD):


Concerning the interlacing, what we see here is the same issue I pointed out in my reviews of "Conan the Barbarian," "Deváté srdce" & "Fistful of Dollars" - at certain points, the video stream seems to be interlaced, but it's in fact shifted by 1 field (wrong field order?). The main difference between genuine interlacing & this issue is that it's possible to get rid of it completely by correcting the field order. Unfortunately, you'd have to re-encode the video stream to be able to see the results. I did this for the purposes of this review, and the following are examples of the aforementioned issue / re-encoded (corrected) frames / reference frames from the French edition:

57260 / 57260 / 57657 | 63791 / 63791 / 64184 | 91907 / 91907 / 92428 | 120140 / 120140 / 120821

Prism Leisure Corp.Plc. (frame 57260)



I'm closing this review with the last couple of screenshots, demonstrating that some print damage can be found on the French DVD as well, however, it's also present in the UK transfer, and my guess is it comes directly from the original film negative:

86252 / 86253 | 85829 / 85830

Metropolitan Filmexport (frame 86252)



*difference between channels is -52.43 dB (0.24 %)
**not counting the 260 frames (10 seconds) cut off of the end-credits

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