Bildstörung (frame 3369)

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Last modified on Tuesday 03rd January 2012, 10:20:21 PM

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Label:  Bildstörung (Germany)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.88 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:35:51.24

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.62:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  7.25 / 8.50 / 9.72 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: German

Menus available in: German


Special features:
 

  • Commentary by director Juraj Herz (in German)
  • "Der Weg zu den Öfen,"
    ("The Road to the Ovens," 27:52, in German & Czech**)
  • "Das alternative Ende und der Weg danach,"
    ("The Alternate Ending and Thereafter," 10:16, in German)
  • Trailers
    • "Die Bestie" ("La Bête," 1:41, in German)
    • "Possession" (2:37, in English**)
    • "Ein Kind zu töten" ("Who Can Kill a Child?," 1:49, in German)
    • "Lärm & Wut" ("De bruit et de fureur," 1:46, in German)
    • "Leben und Tod einer Pornobande"
      ("The Life and Death of a Porno Gang," 1:46, in Serbian**)
    • "Wichser" ("Gandu," 1:28, in Bengali**)

  • 40-page booklet (in German)

Notes: 
Oookay, here we have the 5th [there's also a French DVD, not reviewed here] reincarnation of ye' twisted tale of terror that be "Spalovač mrtvol" - the question is: Does it finally beat [in terms of PQ] the ancient Czech DVD? The answer is... I know it's usually written the other way around, but: No and Yes. No, because it's based on exactly the same master, and Yes, because all the little blemishes, scratches and whatnot were cleaned up*** [see e.g. here and here]. To be perfectly fair, the picture - reformatted for 16:9 - is a teeny fraction softer than the "original" [the encode is much better though - higher bitrate = less compression artefacts], but it's still miles ahead of the kind of blurry mess delivered by Second Run / DSF.
     Anyway, where this release truly shines are the extras [if you understand German, that is ;-)] - feel free to correct me, but this is the first time ever a Czechoslovak [New Wave] director gives a commentary about their film! Admittedly, there are a few silent places, but overall, I found the track very informative. And the two featurettes - I liked the "crematorium sightseeing tour" ;-) the best; shot by a wide-angle hand-held camera, it evokes scenes from the film shot on those very locations over 40 years ago... Nice!

Oh, there is one "problem" I almost forgot to mention - the disc freezes momentarily in the middle of a scene at the layer break @ 1:01:44 [also reported by some other people here].

*difference between channels is -83.75 dB (0.01 %)
**subtitled in German
***interestingly enough, I spotted one instance [probably the only one ;-)] where print damage was cleaned up on the Czech release but not here:

Bildstörung | CČV / Bonton

Bildstörung (frame 63759)




Bohemia Motion Pictures (frame 3371)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Wednesday 17th February 2016, 10:52:17 PM

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Label:  Bohemia Motion Pictures (Czech Republic)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.95 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:35:51.03

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.66:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.61 / 5.41 / 8.78 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the deaf and hard of hearing & English**

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

None

Notes: 
This DVD is a part of Bohemia Motion Pictures' "Klenoty českého filmu" ("The Jewels of Czech Cinema") collection - conceived to take advantage of the availability of new high-definition masters created primarily for HDTV broadcast.
     Broadcast-shmroadcast, THE question everyone & their dog are dying to know the answer to is: "Does the remastered version finally blow the 2005 non-anamorphic Bonton DVD, which - however strange it may sound - is still the reference point here, out of the water?" And I can't really say it does, but at least it doesn't look worse AND is anamorphic, meaning that if your player's image processing circuitry is not too sophisticated, the native 16:9 picture will most probably look better on your [wide]screen than a zoomed-in letterboxed one...

Update: I realize the different frame sizes in our gallery make comparison difficult, so here's one more example - the BMP capture is at its native resolution of 1024×576 (sans black bars); the Bonton one has been re-formatted to match (the AR was not kept):

Bohemia Motion Pictures | CČV / Bonton

Bohemia Motion Pictures (frame 2927)



*difference between channels is -81.43 dB (0.01 %)
**not listed on the cover


CČV / Bonton (frame 3372)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Monday 14th March 2011, 11:20:18 PM

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Label:  CČV / Bonton (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.16 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:35:52.04

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.63:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.63 / 5.00 / 9.02 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Czech
English

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

  • Photogallery (2:10, music only)
  • Filmographies (in Czech)
    • Rudolf Hrušínský (7 pages)
    • Vlasta Chramostová (3 pages)
    • Jana Stehnová (1 page)
    • Miloš Vognič (1 page)
    • Ilja Prachař (7 pages)
    • Juraj Herz (4 pages)
  • Interviews (in Czech)
    • Vlasta Chramostová (4:49)
    • Stanislav Milota (5:36)
    • Juraj Herz (6:48)
  • Other films available (in Czech)
    • animated (28 pages)
    • for kids (7 pages)
    • films & comedies (32 pages)
    • "Zlatá kolekce českých filmů" (37 pages)
  • Production & distribution (6 pages, in Czech)

*difference between channels is -61.26 dB (0.09 %)


Dark Sky Films (frame 3426)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Monday 14th March 2011, 11:30:24 PM

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Label:  Dark Sky Films (USA)

Region:  1
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.07 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:39:56.01

Video:  NTSC
Aspect ratio:  1.65:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.20 / 5.50 / 9.68 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

None

Notes: 
This was released in 2009; like Second Run's edition (2006), it's anamorphic, but the PQ is still lacking compared to that of the 2005 non-anamorphic (!) Czech release. Beats me how these people do it - apparently, Dark Sky Films' version is based on the old Czech master, just "re-formatted" (and slightly cropped), but I can do better than they did using an "ancient" (2003) freeware video editor (the CČV / Bonton capture has been re-formatted from 4:3 PAL; the DSF one is at its native 16:9 NTSC resolution):

CČV / Bonton | Dark Sky Films

CČV / Bonton (frame 2928)



Well, whatever the quality, I'd like to thank my friend Reed T. for "donating" ;-) the disc for the greater good of mankind, i.e. this comparison! (c:

*difference between channels is -52.26 dB (0.24 %)


Second Run (frame 3393)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Monday 14th March 2011, 11:26:55 PM

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Label:  Second Run Ltd. (UK)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.43 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:36:07.19

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.69:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  6.55 / 8.00 / 9.45 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

  • Introduction by the Quay Brothers (12:22, in English)

  • 12-page booklet (in English)

Notes: 
Looks like the "new anamorphic 16:9 enhanced digital transfer with restored image" and high bitrate alone do not guarantee quality. In comparison with Bonton's release, the picture is far too soft, even blurry, and it lacks detail. However, the essay in the booklet is excellent, and the introduction is a nice touch, so the choice is yours...

*difference between channels is -77.99 dB (0.01 %)

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