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Criterion Collection

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 19th March 2020, 11:11:28 PM

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Label:  Criterion Collection (USA)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.23 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:13:25.11

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.12 / 6.19 / 10.00 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 1.0 / 192 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

  • Video interview with director Miloš Forman (14:04, in English)
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the transfer process,
    featuring cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček
    and comments from Miloš Forman (4:37, in English & Czech*)

  • 6-page booklet (in English)

*with burnt-in English subtitles


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Bontonfilm / Blu-ray

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 19th March 2020, 11:11:27 PM

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Label:  Bontonfilm (Czech Republic)

Region:  A, B & C (?)
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  AACS

Disc type:  BD25 (the data occupy 17.46 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:12:45.16

Video:  MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001
Aspect ratio:  1.37:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.00 / 26.03 / 44.75 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech DTS 2.0 mono* / 1,509.75 kbps

Subtitles: Czech for the deaf and hard of hearing
English

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

  • Interviews (MPEG-4 AVC, 720p24/1.001, in Czech** DD 2.0 / 192 kbps)
    • Miroslav Ondříček - cinematographer (6:56)
    • Karel Černý - set designer (3:51)
    • Václav Šašek - screenwriter (7:43)
  • "Firemen's Ball - Digital Restoration 2012"
    (2:20, MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001, in Czech** DD 2.0 / 224 kbps)
  • Photogallery (1:27, 29 stills, MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001)

Notes: 
Also available in a Special Edition, accompanied by a book:



I haven't seen the SE yet, so I've no idea what exactly the book is about (I bet it's all in Czech anyway) - I don't even know if the final cover is the one above or the one on the right (couldn't find a bigger pic).

On the PQ: The Criterion (above) looks really strong for a nigh 11 years old DVD, but it simply can't beat the added resolution / clarity of Bonton's Blu-ray based on the 2012 restoration of the film (utilizing mostly the OCN).
     It's interesting to see the differences in colour timing though, because both masters were apparently approved by Miroslav Ondříček, the film's cinematographer (Criterion specifically mentions this in the booklet + their second featurette shows Ondříček actually working on the colour timing; Bonton doesn't provide any clues on the disc itself, but the National Film Archive's press release confirms that he supervised the restoration). It just goes to show that the "director / cinematographer approved"... gimmick is sometimes nothing more than that (but to be fair, in this case, the two masters are still pretty similar overall).

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

*difference between channels is -127.16 dB (0.00 %)
**subtitled in Czech for the deaf and hard of hearing

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