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film & kunst

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Tuesday 03rd April 2018, 11:45:58 PM

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Label:  film & kunst GmbH (Germany)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 & DVD5 (the data occupy 5.02 & 3.97 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:18:53.00

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.14:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.20 / 6.49 / 8.51 Mbps

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Audio:
 

German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: German & English


Special features:
 

Disc 1
  • "Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star" documentary
    (1:24:38, in German & English**)
  • "Hollywood Hairdresser - Eric Root" (12:46, in English***)
  • Trailers (in English)
    • "Jean Seberg: American Actress" (4:34)
    • "Thomas Pynchon: A Journey Into the Mind of" (3:13)
    • "Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star" (1:03)
  • DVD-ROM features
    • Extensive texts, documents & archive materials (in German)
  • "Edition Filmmuseum" (6 pages, in German & English)

Disc 2
  • Lobby cards (34 pages)
  • DVD-ROM features
    • Extensive texts & documents about
      the different versions of the film (in German)
  • "Edition Filmmuseum" (6 pages, in German & English)

  • 4-page leaflet (in German & English)

Notes: 
First, let me tell you, this new version leaves no doubt about how horribly wrong the Image's framing is (hint: notice the tops of people's heads missing ;-)). As hinted at by a fellow member over @ CriterionForum.org, "Ekstase" seems to have been composed for an AR of 1.19:1, which is more-or-less the case here. Now, regarding the overall DVD package, "Ekstase" is actually an "ekstra" ;-) accompanying the (feature-length) "Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star" documentary. To tell you the truth, I haven't seen the docu yet, and I don't plan to in the near future - I was only interested in Machatý's film, so for an exhaustive review of this package, you have to search elsewhere...

*difference between channels is -86.68 dB (0.00 %)
**subtitled in German & English
***subtitled in German


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Image Entertainment, Inc.

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Tuesday 03rd April 2018, 11:45:58 PM

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Label:  Image Entertainment, Inc. (USA)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.04 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:28:51.12

Video:  Interlaced NTSC
Aspect ratio:  1.30:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.80 / 6.14 / 7.41 Mbps

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Audio:
 

German Dolby Digital 1.0 / 192 kbps

Subtitles: English*

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

None

*the subtitles are enabled by default,
but it's possible to turn them off using the RC


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Vella Vision

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Tuesday 03rd April 2018, 11:45:58 PM

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Label:  Vella Vision (Spain)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.73 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:28:53.21

Video:  Interlaced PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.34:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  4.12 / 4.50 / 5.45 Mbps

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Audio:
 

German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps
German Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps

Subtitles: Spanish & English (burnt-in)

Menus available in: Spanish


Special features:
 

  • "Hollywood Remembers: Hedy Lamarr" documentary
    (25:11, in English with forced Spanish subtitles)
  • Bio & filmographies (in Spanish)
    • Hedy Lamarr (2 pages)
    • Zvonimir Rogoz (1 page)
    • Aribert Mog (1 page)
  • Cast & crew (1 page, in Spanish)
  • Synopsis (1 page, in Spanish)
  • Photogallery (0:42, 7 movie stills)
  • Other films available (1 page each, in Spanish)
    • "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans"
    • "I Was a Male War Bride"
    • "Two for the Road"

  • 4 lobby cards
  • 4-page leaflet (in Spanish)

Notes: 
A couple of bucks down the drain - what else can I say? According to the info on the cover:



the material compiled on this DVD has been newly restored & digitally remastered, however, in comparison with the older Image release, Vella Vision's effort is nothing short of utter repugnance! Blurry, severely cropped, with the Spanish subtitles burnt in an extensive grey bar superimposed over the burnt-in English subtitles (the film's stored on the disc in two video title sets, identical but for the subtitles - mouse over the sample image to switch between the two sets):


What kind of collectors is this loathsome "Edición del Coleccionista" meant for remains a mystery to me...

*difference between channels is -42.20 dB (0.78 %)


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National Film Archive

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Wednesday 08th May 2019, 11:04:11 PM

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Label:  National Film Archive (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.82 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:23:25.05

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.37:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.24 / 6.50 / 8.86 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Czech & English

Menus available in: Czech & English


Special features:
 

  • Interviews (in Czech**)
    • Libuše Heczková on the representation of women in the film (14:26)
    • Michal Bregant on censorship interventions (8:44)
    • Jiří Horníček on Gustav Machatý's work (9:10)
  • Archival footage
    • Comparison between the Czech and Austrian versions (13:19)***
    • Excerpts from "Madla z cihelny" ("Madla from the Brickworks," 1933)
      related to the representation of women in the '30s (6:29, in Czech**)
    • Newsreel shots featuring Gustav Machatý (3:15)***
  • Photogallery (2:40, 30 film stills)
  • About the DVD (in Czech & English)
    • Filmexport Home Video (2 pages)
    • National Film Archive (2 pages)
  • "Zlatý fond" on DVD (15 pages, in Czech)
  • Other films available (12 pages, in Czech)

  • 24-page booklet (in Czech & English)

Notes: 
The Czech release of "Extase" was originally slated for 2006 already, but didn't materialize until 2017 - that's almost as long as Boyhood took to make! The NFA spent the time cleaning the film up meticulously frame by frame... I'm kidding, of course - compared to the 2008 (!) Austrian DVD, their master looks really atrocious!
     Still, at least now I have the means of showing the differences between "Extase" & "Ekstase" (note that the "Comparison..." featurette only mentions a few of these); firstly, a couple of scenes that are present in both versions, but they're using alternative takes, e.g. the car drive sequence (see frame 81554 in our gallery), or a couple of instances where on-screen text is present, like this one (+ frame 14243 in the gallery):

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Interestingly enough, the "Comparison..." featurette does include the Austrian variant of the next scene, played by a different pair of actors, but it's missing on the f & k DVD:

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The rest are sequences present in only one of the versions; the Austrian cut, perhaps unsurprisingly, shows more of Hedy's naughty bits ;-), while in the Czech one, there are more scenes of the agricultural persuasion, frolicking horses, and proletariat at work...

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*difference between channels is -77.79 dB (0.01 %)
**with optional Czech & English subtitles
***with explanatory notes in Czech & English

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