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Filmexport Home Video

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Monday 20th April 2020, 11:07:52 PM

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Label:  Filmexport Home 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 7.60 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:38:03.14

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.29:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.43 / 4.31 / 8.74 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the deaf and hard of hearing
English

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

  • Introduction by Pavel Taussig, a film historian (15:28, in Czech)
  • Photogallery (2:48, 32 film stills)
  • Biographies & filmographies (in Czech)
    • Staff
      • Alfréd Radok - director (4 pages)
      • Erik Kolár - story, screenplay (2 pages)
      • Mojmír Drvota - screenplay (3 pages)
      • Josef Střecha - cinematography (9 pages)
      • Jiří Sternwald - music (6 pages)
    • Cast
      • Baldová Zdena (6 pages)
      • Kohout Eduard (8 pages)
      • Krejča Otomar (7 pages)
      • Očásek Viktor (6 pages)
      • Rašilov Saša (6 pages)
      • Waleská Blanka (6 pages)
    + bibliography (1 page, in Czech)
  • Contemporary documentation (1:07, in Czech)
  • ČRo 1 - Radiožurnál ad (0:31, in Czech)
  • Seznam.cz ad (0:31, in Czech)
  • About the DVD
    • Filmexport Home Video (3 pages, in Czech)
    • National Film Archive (2 pages, in Czech & English)
    • DiViDi magazine (1 page, in Czech)
  • "Zlatý fond" on DVD (49 pages, in Czech)
  • Other films available (11 pages, in Czech)

Notes: "Distant Journey" shares the disc with "Dědeček automobil" ("Vintage Car"),
another film by Alfréd Radok.

*difference between channels is -77.05 dB (0.01 %)


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ČT art HD DVB

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Tuesday 21st April 2020, 09:55:09 AM

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Label:  ČT art HD DVB (Czech Republic)

Region:  n/a
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  n/a

Disc type:  n/a

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:39:02.10

Video:  MPEG-4 AVC, 1080i50
Aspect ratio:  1.37:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.00 / 3.07 / 10.16 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 448 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: None

Special features:
 

None

Notes: 
"Distant Journey" has recently undergone a full-blown 4K restoration supervised by the National Film Archive and carried out at Universal Productions Partners (UPP). World première of the new resto was held at this year's (2020) The Berlinale International Film Festival - two months later, the film aired on the Czech TV channel art.

Note that due to the broadcast's poor bitrate, the screenshots in our gallery are not to be taken as representative of the restored film's actual picture quality.

As far as the restoration itself goes, however, there are a few things worth pointing out:

  1. The opening title sequence has been fully reinstated:

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  1. The (presumably automated?) scratch & spot removal appears to have caused some collateral damage - observe the glittering crystal of the chandelier / the "double-vision-inducing" text displacement effects / the water dripping off Dr Kaufmann's hand:

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  1. While the NFA's decision not to tamper with the authentic WWII footage is kinda understandable (FEX tried it, but didn't make a very good job of it), their insisting on keeping the cue blips untouched simply defies all common sense (props to FEX there!):

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To see the screenshots in glorious Full HD 1080, click here.

*difference between channels is -111.69 dB (0.00 %)


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ČT art / Streaming Media

Reviewed by standa.e

Last modified on Tuesday 19th May 2020, 09:32:57 PM

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Label:  ČT art (Czech Republic)

Region:  n/a
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  n/a

Disc type:  n/a

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:39:02.12

Video:  MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p25
Aspect ratio:  1.37:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.82 / 6.00 / 10.98 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech AAC 2.0 mono / 128 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: None

Special features:
 

None

Notes: 
At the time of this writing (April 20, 2020), the restored "Distant Journey" is available to stream (in Full HD too!) on the Czech Television's website. Interestingly enough, the pale green tinge the satellite recording exhibits is completely absent here... Weirdness, yes?

To see the screenshots in glorious Full HD 1080, click here.

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