Athanor / New Wave Films (frame 3763)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Wednesday 11th February 2015, 09:16:12 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 6.91 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:57:45.06*

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.67:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 6.48 / 9.49 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the hearing impaired, English, French, Spanish & German

Menus available in: Czech & English**


Special features:
 

  • Making of (14:19,
    in Czech with optional Czech & English subtitles)
  • Trailer 1 (1:08) & 2 (3:03, in Czech with optional English subtitles)
  • Photogallery - Movie (1:19, 20 stills)
  • Photogallery - Making of (1:19, 20 stills)
  • "Dominic's Cards" (0:52)
  • "Jan Švankmajer - The Decalogue" (4, resp. 5 pages,
    in Czech, English, French, Spanish & German)
  • Poster (0:30)
  • Synopsis (6 - 8 pages,
    in Czech, English, French, Spanish & German)
  • DVD-ROM features
    • Hi-res poster
    • Synopsis (PDF, 3, resp. 4 pages,
      in Czech, English, French, Spanish, German & Russian)

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



Ahhhhh, why do these things still happen in this day and age...? A newly restored master (in 2K, from the interpositive), and they (Athanor?) use some kind of crappy resizer to downscale it to DVD resolution - aliasing & moiré reign... ;-( Here's a sample frame from UPP's promotional video clip ["Jan Švankmajer's Movies Restoration;" UPP - the guys responsible (in a good way ;-)) for this - restored all his feature films + some of the shorts] vs. the same frame from this and the older DVDs - notice especially the stripes on the pyjamas of the man on the right:

Jan Švankmajer’s Movies Restoration | Athanor | Warner

Jan Švankmajer’s Movies Restoration (frame 7514)



So much for my initial joy of seeing the movie in its OAR...

*2 different video "angles" are provided for the first 3:19 of the film. They consist of an introduction by Jan Švankmajer (2:06, in Czech, resp. Czech with English voice-over) & the opening title sequence (1:13, in Czech, resp. English). The choice depends on the selected menu language (French, Spanish & German default to English)
**despite the fact that the disc starts with a selection of 5 languages [flags], the menus are only available in Czech & English (although the choice made here does affect the pre-selected subtitle track and the text-based extras)


Athanor / New Wave Films (frame 3763)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Tuesday 12th March 2013, 12:11:07 AM

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Label:  New Wave Films (UK)

Region:  2
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.92 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:57:45.06*

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.67:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 6.48 / 9.49 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the hearing impaired, English, French, Spanish & German

Menus available in: Czech & English**


Special features:
 

  • Making of (14:19,
    in Czech with optional Czech & English subtitles)
  • Trailer 1 (1:08) & 2 (3:03, in Czech with optional English subtitles)
  • Photogallery - Movie (1:19, 20 stills)
  • Photogallery - Making of (1:19, 20 stills)
  • "Dominic's Cards" (0:52)
  • "Jan Švankmajer - The Decalogue" (4, resp. 5 pages,
    in Czech, English, French, Spanish & German)
  • Poster (0:30)
  • Synopsis (6 - 8 pages,
    in Czech, English, French, Spanish & German)
  • DVD-ROM features
    • Hi-res poster
    • Synopsis (PDF, 3, resp. 4 pages,
      in Czech, English, French, Spanish, German & Russian)

Notes: 
Argh! Money well spent, this DVD; I hoped I'd get a better encode of the new "Lunacy" restoration, but - with the exception of Video Title Set 11 containing the trailers, which is a slightly larger encode with different colorimetry (see below) - this is exactly the same disc as the one available in the Czech "The Films of Jan Švankmajer" collection... ;-(

Athanor | New Wave Films

Athanor



*2 different video "angles" are provided for the first 3:19 of the film. They consist of an introduction by Jan Švankmajer (2:06, in Czech, resp. Czech with English voice-over) & the opening title sequence (1:13, in Czech, resp. English). The choice depends on the selected menu language (French, Spanish & German default to English)
**despite the fact that the disc starts with a selection of 5 languages [flags], the menus are only available in Czech & English (although the choice made here does affect the pre-selected subtitle track and the text-based extras)


Warner (frame 3426)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Friday 17th August 2012, 11:07:20 PM

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Label:  Warner Home Video Inc. (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.80 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:57:31.19*

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.78:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 4.60 / 8.23 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 / 192 kbps
Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps
Czech DTS 5.1 / 1,509.75 kbps

Subtitles: Czech, English, French, German & Spanish

Menus available in: Czech & English


Special features:
 

  • "The Making of Lunacy" (14:19,
    in Czech with optional Czech & English subtitles)
  • Trailers
    • Short (1:09) & long version (3:03,
      in Czech with optional English subtitles)
  • Photogallery
    • 20 stills from the film (1:19)
    • 20 on-set photographs (1:19)
    • 4 publicity stills (0:15)
  • Poster (1 page)
  • Filmographies (in Czech & English)
    • Cast
      • Jan Tříska (5 pages)
      • Pavel Liška (1 page)
      • Anna Geislerová (3 pages)
      • Martin Huba (2 pages)
      • Jaroslav Dušek (2 pages)
      • Pavel Nový (4 pages)
      • Stano Dančiak (3 pages)
    • Creative team
      • ATHANOR (1 page)
      • Jan Švankmajer (2 pages)
      • Eva Švankmajerová (1 page)
      • Jaromír Kallista (2 pages)
      • Juraj Galvánek (1 page)
      • Veronika Hrubá (1 page)
      • Ivo Špalj (2 pages)
      • Marie Zemanová (1 page)
      • Martin Kublák (1 page)
      • Bedřich Glaser (2 pages)
  • "Jan Švankmajer - The Decalogue" (4 pages,
    in Czech, English, French, German & Spanish)
  • "Dominic's Cards" (0:52)
  • DVD-ROM section with an introduction & the synopsis (PDF,
    in Czech, English, French, German, Spanish & Russian)
  • Production & distribution notes (10 pages, in Czech & English)

Notes: Quite surprisingly for a film released in '05, the print frequently displays slight damage:

Frame 23156 | Frame 72153 | Frame 153277

Warner Home Video Inc. (frame 23156)



*2 different video "angles" are provided for the first 3:06 of the film. They consist of an introduction by Jan Švankmajer (1:53, in Czech, resp. Czech with English voice-over) & the opening title sequence (1:13, in Czech, resp. English). The choice depends on the selected menu language

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