Řitka Video (frame 367)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Saturday 29th December 2012, 11:06:26 PM

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Label:  Řitka Video (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.72 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:01:55.09

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.31:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.80 / 6.70 / 9.02 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

Other films available
  • "Zajtra bude neskoro..." (0:50)
  • "Deň, ktorý neumrie" (1:39)
  • "Kapitán Dabač" (0:57)
  • "Ofitsery" (3:22)
  • "V nebe 'Nochnye vedmy'" (3:27)
  • "Sudba cheloveka" (3:08)

*difference between channels is -75.61 dB (0.02 %)


SFI & The Daily SME (frame 283)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Tuesday 08th January 2013, 09:16:49 AM

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Label:  SFI & The Daily SME (Slovakia)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.35 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:02:03.22

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 4.01 / 6.39 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 256 kbps
Slovak audio descriptive in Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 256 kbps

Subtitles: Slovak & English

Menus available in: Slovak & English


Special features:
 

  • Newsreel (9:06, in Czech & Slovak**)
  • About the movie (3 pages, in Slovak & English)
  • Press coverage (3 pages, in Slovak & English)
  • Biographies (in Slovak & English)
    • Paľo Bielik (2 pages)
    • Karol Krška (2 pages)
    • Jozef Budský (2 pages)
    • Mikuláš Huba (2 pages)
    • František Dibarbora (2 pages)
  • Photogallery (8 movie stills)

  • 16-page booklet (in Slovak)

Notes: This film is a part of the "Slovak Cinema of the 40's & 50's" DVD edition
(released by SFI & The Daily SME), which also includes:


The disc starts with the SFI logo, followed by an ad for Klapka.sk. The latter is actually a short interview with Marián Labuda (1:00, in Slovak), who speaks about his role in Peter Solan's "Kým sa skončí táto noc" ("Before Tonight Is Over").

From SFI's press release:

The "Slovak Cinema of the 40's & 50's" edition was supposed to be released last year [2010] already, however, given the physical condition of these older titles and the complexity of the restoration work, it was moved to this year. All the films in this edition are thus brought to the viewers in a high quality presentation with restored picture and sound. Because of the extensive print damage, the complete digital restoration took two whole years, the most difficult part being the image restoration. The colour grading on "Šťastie príde v nedeľu" was done by its own cinematographer Vladimír Ješina, who, as a close collaborator and friend of Paľo Bielik, corrected also "Kapitán Dabač" and "Štyridsaťštyri". The grading on "Čert nespí," also shot by Vladimír Ješina, was, due to Ješina's health problems, done by Peter Csordás. For the other films, whose cinematographers are not among us any more, the work was delegated by the Slovak Association of Cinematographers to Stanislav Szomolányi ("Katka," "Rodná zem," "Štvorylka," "Dáždnik svätého Petra") and Vladimír Holloš ("Varuj...!," "Vlčie diery").

Ladislav Dedík from Studio 727, who participated in the digitalisation and restoration of the films, describes the process: "The films we worked on were heavily damaged due to their age, quality of film stock, and the technological processes used in production and the creation of film prints. Because some of the films were used as propaganda material, the numbers of prints made were considerable, each new copy further damaging the original negative. In case of the war films, the authentic World War II archival footage used differed from the rest of the material in terms of grain structure and the amount of print damage. These parts made the restoration process much more difficult. The most frequently appearing types of damage were dust, dirt, splices, tramlines, scratches, tears and breaks, instability, gate hairs, jumps in grain density, and even missing frames. The most effort-demanding titles were "Varuj...!," "Vlčie diery," "Kapitán Dabač" and "Katka." To give you a better idea, while there were 1.5 million blemishes on average in each of the films in the previous edition [Slovak Cinema of the 60's], the majority of titles in this edition contained more than 20 million. This fact is the reason why some of these films took over a year to restore."


Note: The parts in italics below denote information I have been told by one of the people who participated in the restoration of "Vlčie diery."

This is a tough one; on the one hand, given that the film's (nitrate) negative apparently does not exist anymore, and the "backup" copy assembled in the 50's / 60's had lots of "damage" optically printed in (having been put together from prints multiple generations away from the OCN),

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one can't but take one's hat off to the effort that's been made here - there's not a blemish to be seen anywhere, the picture is rock stable (compare with Řitka Video's older release most probably based on an analogue tele-​cine of a distribution print made sometime in the 90's; admittedly, the bit I chose was a mangled reel end, but nevertheless... Note: On the right, a JavaScript anima-​tion), and even the authentic WW2 footage has been spruced up to match the then newly shot material (see e.g. frame 78468).

On the other hand, there are still problems that, perhaps, could have been avoided; firstly, at certain points, the level of detail is actually lower than what the older, unrestored edition's got to offer, and I'm not talking about the generally oversharpened picture thereof - check e.g. the texture of the woman's pullover in the following shot:

Řitka Video | SFI & The Daily SME

Řitka Video (frame 11869)



It's not something a simple sharpening filter could "magically" produce...
     And then there are the jump-cuts / missing bits of footage - missing in the new restoration only, that is (e.g. 3 frames here or 45 here). The reason why these were not "fixed" is - it appears - that, besides a newly struck wet-gate print of the aforementioned "backup" element, SFI provided no alternative source where the missing frames could be found - not even an index of what was missing and where.

Anyhow, regardless of the above, this is a HUGE step up from the previously available master (also "popular" on the local TV channels), and even though I might of ;-) sounded too harsh, I'm really pleased to have this DVD in my collection!

P.S. As a side note, the two masters (or rather the respective source elements) use different fonts / typography for the opening titles:

Řitka Video (frame 341)SFI & The Daily SME (frame 264)

*difference between channels is -84.35 dB (0.01 %),
resp. -82.86 dB (0.01 %)
**subtitled in Slovak & English

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