Anolis Ent. / German version (frame 164)

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Label:  Anolis Entertainment (Germany)

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

Disc type:  2 x DVD9 (the data occupy 7.28 & 7.71 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:13:59.01

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.27:1 (German footage) / 2.17:1 (rest) anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.06 / 6.45 / 7.92 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: German & English**

Menus available in: German


Special features:
 

Disc 1
  • Introduction by Paul Muller (1:10, in German with optional English** subtitles)
  • Commentary by Marcus Stigglegger & Christian Keßler (in German)
  • "C'est la vie - Paul Muller erzählt," a documentary about actor Paul Muller
    (1:09:40, in German with optional English** subtitles)
  • Trailers
    • German (scope version, 2:34, in German)
    • German (flat version, 2:42, in German)
    • US (1:37, in English)
  • An attempt at reconstructing Freda's original opening sequence (4:22, in German)
  • Paul Muller's filmography (49 pages, in German)
  • Photogallery (1:49, 19 posters & 7 film stills)
  • Movie program books (1:53 & 1:43, in German)
  • DVD credits (1 page, in German)

Disc 2
  • The Italian version of the film (see below)
  • The US version of the film (see below)

12-page booklet (in German)

Notes: 
Anolis's 2-disc DVD set contains 3 distinct versions of "I vampiri" - German ("Der Vampir von Notre Dame"), the original Italian & US ("The Devil's Commandment").

The parts common to all 3 versions come from the same master (AR of 2.17:1), and - after matching the screenshots - it turned out that our selection covers exactly those "common" parts. Thus, at the bottom of this page, you'll find only one set of screenshots representing all 3 versions.

The only samples of the unique German (AR of 2.27:1) and Italian (AR of 2.30:1) footage we've got here are the versions' respective title cards. Interestingly enough, the Italian footage matches (sans interlacing) that of Film Prestige / Image Entertainment:

Anolis Ent. / Italian version | Film Prestige / Image Entertainment

Anolis Ent. / Italian version (frame 556)



The US footage (AR of 2.44:1) was rather more interesting to look at; hence, there are a few extra samples in that version's "tech sheet" below. (c:

*difference between channels is -74.77 dB (0.02 %),
resp. -83.88 dB (0.01 %)
**only accessible using the RC


Anolis Ent. / Italian version (frame 556)

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Last modified on Wednesday 03rd September 2014, 11:40:43 PM

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Label:  Anolis Entertainment (Germany)

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

Disc type:  DVD9

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:18:00.01

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.30:1 (Italian footage) / 2.17:1 (rest) anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.41 / 6.46 / 7.49 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

German* Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps

Subtitles: German & English***

Menus available in: German


Special features:
 

None

Notes: Only available on "Der Vampir von Notre Dame" DVD.

It appears that something went gaga during the hybrid German / Italian soundtrack production - as you can see below, the Italian parts are mixed into a single channel of the 2.0 track at double the volume:


*the scenes that were never dubbed into German
have been left in Italian with optional German subtitles
**difference between channels is -33.56 dB (2.10 %),
resp. -81.60 dB (0.01 %)
***only accessible using the RC


Anolis Ent. / US version (frame 272)

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Label:  Anolis Entertainment (Germany)

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

Disc type:  DVD9

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:09:20.01

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.44:1 (US footage) / 2.17:1 (rest) anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.61 / 7.29 / 9.09 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

German* Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps
English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps
Italian*** Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps

Subtitles: German

Menus available in: German


Special features:
 

None

Notes: Only available on "Der Vampir von Notre Dame" DVD.

Even though being the shortest of the bunch, the US version actually contains some extra (mostly "naughty" ;-)) footage (shot specifically for the US market?):

Frame 2129 | Frame 4694

Anolis Ent. / US version (frame 2129)

*the scenes that were never dubbed into German
have been left in English with optional German subtitles
**difference between channels is -70.27 dB (0.03 %),
-69.16 dB (0.03 %), resp. -72.75 dB (0.02 %)
***only accessible using the RC


Dutch Filmworks (frame 504)

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Label:  Dutch Filmworks (The Netherlands)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.03 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:17:58.01

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  Varies from 2.36 to 2.33:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  6.31 / 7.00 / 7.76 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Dutch

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

None

Notes: 
Finally, an anamorphic AND progressive transfer of "I vampiri!" Sure, it's not state-of-the-art (i.e. Criterion), but, for the moment, DVDFreak's content... ;-)

*difference between channels is -75.35 dB (0.02 %)


Film Prestige / Image Entertainment (frame 669)

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Label:  Film Prestige (Russia)

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

Disc type:  DVD5* (the data occupy 3.47 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:17:56.16

Video:  NTSC* (fieldblended from PAL source)
Aspect ratio:  Varies from 2.33 to 2.28:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.25 / 5.00 / 6.86 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Russian voice-over in Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Russian
English

Menus available in: Russian


Special features:
 

  • Photogallery (0:46, 14 movie stills)
  • Trailers
    • "La ragazza che sapeva troppo" (2:38, in Italian)
    • "Blood and Black Lace" (1:00, in English)
    • "I tre volti della paura" (3:25, in Italian)
    • "Planet of the Vampires" (2:05, in English)
    • "American Horror" collection (3:34, in Russian)
  • Mario Bava bio (9 pages, in Russian)

Notes: 
Well, dang me! I ordered this Russian DVD, because I quite liked "I vampiri," and was not satisfied with the Image's PAL-fieldblended-to-NTSC (i.e. interlaced) transfer. Boy, was I in for a surprise! Despite saying "PAL" on the cover, this Russian DVD utilises exactly the same (i.e. bitwise identical) NTSC video stream as the Image disc. :-P Keep away from it!

*it says "DVD9" & "PAL" on the cover, but it's a mistake
**difference between channels is -64.94 dB (0.06 %),
resp. -88.34 dB (0.00 %)


Filmax Home Video (frame 507)

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Label:  Filmax Home Video (Spain)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.60 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:17:56.00

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.33:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.63 / 6.04 / 8.90 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Spanish (forced on the Italian soundtrack)

Menus available in: Spanish


Special features:
 

None

Notes: 
Trust the guys @ kultvideo.it! Taking the tech specs on their site for granted:



I ordered "Los vampiros" just to find out they're in fact non-anamorphic! :-P Thank god the transfer's at least progressive, and I must admit, to my eyes, it looks a teeny bit better than its NTSC counterpart, which - I think - is overly bright. Framing differs from scene to scene; at times, Filmax shows more picture than FP / Image, at others, it's the other way around...

*difference between channels is -82.56 dB (0.01 %),
resp. -82.63 dB (0.01 %)


Film Prestige / Image Entertainment (frame 669)

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Label:  Image Entertainment (USA)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.58 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:17:56.16

Video:  NTSC (fieldblended from PAL source)
Aspect ratio:  Varies from 2.33 to 2.28:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.25 / 5.00 / 6.86 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 / 192 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

  • Mario Bava bio (14 pages, in English)
  • Filmographies (in English)
    • Mario Bava (6 pages)
    • Riccardo Freda (3 pages)
  • Photo & poster gallery (1:12, 24 film stills)
  • Other titles in "The Mario Bava Collection"
    • "Baron Blood" (2:21, in English)
    • "I tre volti della paura" (3:25, in Italian)
    • "The Mask of Satan" (3:28, in English)
    • "La ragazza che sapeva troppo" (2:38, in Italian)
    • "The House of Exorcism" (3:21, in English)
    • "Carnage" (3:06)

Notes: 
If you take a look at the playback times of all these versions, you'll see they're practically identical. That explains why the transfer we're given here is not progressive - it was improperly converted (fieldblended) from a PAL source. Following are two examples of heavy combing artefacts caused by this:

Frame 94694 | Frame 125156

Film Prestige / Image Entertainment (frame 94694)



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