Network (frame 865)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 04:17:15 AM

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Label:  Network (UK)

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

Disc type:  2 x DVD9 (the data occupy 7.19 & 7.75 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:32:46.10*

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  6.66 / 8.00 / 9.29 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

Disc 1
  • Commentary by film expert Nick Cooper
    (in English LPCM 2.0 / 1,536 kbps!)
  • US re-release trailer (4:07, in English)
  • Image gallery (9:01***)
  • Merchandise gallery (5:48***)

Disc 2
  • "Things to Come - Virtual Extended Edition" (2:14:17, in English)
  • Ralph Richardson interview (41:02, in English)
  • "On Reflection: Brian Aldiss on H.G. Wells" (23:26, in English)
  • "The Wandering Sickness,"
    original 78 rpm recording (4:18, in English)

24-page booklet (in English)

Notes: 
What can I say? I didn't like the film much, but the transfer was excellent. The audio sounded a bit tinny at times, but hey - this film is 70 years old! That's almost as old as my grandma, and she sounds tinny too. ;-)

Regarding the "Virtual Extended Edition," I won't go into detail, but this should pretty much explain what it is about:

Virtual Extended Edition (frame 419)

As a side-note, I'd like to mention a connection I discovered between "Things..." & a 1965 Russian science-fiction movie "Engineer's Garin Hyperboloid" (reviewed here), that is a scene where the Russians used some excavation machinery footage from "Things..." as back-projection: ;-)

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*it says "96 mins" on the cover, but it's a mistake
**difference between channels is -59.45 dB (0.11 %)
***annotated in English

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