Eclipse / Criterion Collection (frame 2423)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 04:31:23 AM

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Label:  Eclipse / Criterion Collection (USA)

Region:  1
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.33 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:49:08.10

Video:  NTSC
Aspect ratio:  1.32:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 7.95 / 9.53 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Russian Dolby Digital 1.0 / 192 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

None

Notes: Only available in "Eclipse Series 11: Larisa Shepitko" 2-disc set,
together with "Krylya" ("Wings").


Krupnyy Plan (frame 1993)

Reviewed by Nostalghia.cz

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 04:31:23 AM

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Label:  Krupnyy Plan (Russia)

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

Disc type:  DVD-R5 (the data occupy 4.33 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:44:23.18

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  4.86 / 5.50 / 6.08 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: Russian


Special features:
 

None

A more detailed review can be found here (Czech only).

*difference between channels is -67.00 dB (0.04 %)


Řitka Video (frame 1977)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 04:31:24 AM

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Label:  Řitka Video (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.44 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:44:24.11

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.36:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.88 / 6.50 / 9.64 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 448 kbps
Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 448 kbps

Subtitles: Czech (forced on the Russian soundtrack)

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

  • Photogallery (2:13)
  • Other films available
    • "V boy idut odni stariki" (3:33)
    • "Baltiyskoe nebo" (3:31)
    • "Padeniye Berlina" (3:43)
    • "Sudba cheloveka" (3:08)
    • "Aty-baty, shli soldaty..." (3:34)
    • "Ofitsery" (3:22)

Notes: 
First a note about the Russian DVD reviewed by Nostalghia.cz above - a friend of his bought it for him in Moscow, in a regular DVD store, however, later they found out they were sold a pirate copy on DVD-R! Well, I guess that's Russia for you... ;-) According to vobzor.com, the Krupnyy Plan original is a DVD5, so I see no harm in using the "bootleg" copy for comparison purposes. OK, so what are the differences between these two versions? Let's start with framing - judging by the rounded corners, Krupnyy Plan shows the frame in its entirety. Řitka zoomed the picture in - quite excessively I'd say. They got the sharpness / level of detail much better though, that is, not taking the last quarter of the film into account, where the picture gets blurry towards the right side of the frame (see e.g. frame 128439). Unfortunately, that's not the biggest problem Řitka's DVD has - in addition to the above, it's plagued by the same issue I pointed out in my reviews of Conan the Barbarian, Fistful of Dollars & The Ninth Heart, i.e. "the video stream seems to be interlaced, but closer inspection reveals it's in fact shifted by 1 field. It's necessary to take the bottom field from one frame, and the top field from the next frame to get one progressive frame." Here's an example to illustrate this issue:


Last but not least, after like 15 minutes into the film, Řitka's Russian soundtrack gets out-of-sync with the video by approx. 1/4 s, and stays that way until the end...

Update: What I find interesting about these 4 editions is the fact that all of them but the Krupnyy Plan one display the blurriness on the right side of the frame towards the end of the film (again, see e.g. frame 128439). Mind you, Krupnyy Plan is easily the worst looking of the 4 - contrast boosted & edge-enhanced to oblivion, however, it makes one wonder if the blurriness is inherent to the original film negative, or solely to the copy** the studios outside Russia were given to work with...

(**To my eyes, Criterion & Řitka's 1st effort ("sans" the "faux" interlacing) look pretty similar, hence the notion they both come from the same source.)

*difference between channels is -105.44 dB (0.00 %),
resp. -105.41 dB (0.00 %)


Řitka Video / Filmag (frame 1977)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 04:31:26 AM

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Label:  Řitka Video / Filmag (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.69 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:44:24.11

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.35:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.29 / 6.50 / 9.29 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 448 kbps
Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 448 kbps

Subtitles: Czech (forced on the Russian soundtrack)

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

  • Photogallery (2:13)
  • Other films available
    • "Padeniye Berlina" (3:43)
    • "V boy idut odni stariki" (3:33)
    • "Sudba cheloveka" (3:04)
    • "Aty-baty, shli soldaty..." (3:34)
    • "Baltiyskoe nebo" (3:31)
    • "V nebe 'Nochnye vedmy'" (3:27)

Notes: 
This is a (cheaper) re-release of the above DVD that was supposed to fix the audio sync issue. It did fix it, but, unfortunately, the video was "fixed" too (see below)...

*difference between channels is -105.42 dB (0.00 %),
resp. -105.30 dB (0.00 %)

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