CČV / Bonton (frame 432)

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Last modified on Wednesday 04th April 2018, 11:30:35 PM

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Label:  CČV / Bonton (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.96 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:00:22.12

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.43 / 5.52 / 6.51 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Slovak
English

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

Filmographies of Ján Kadár (1 page), Elmar Klos (2 pages),
Ida Kamińská (1 page), Jozef Kroner (4 pages)
& František Zvarík (2 pages, in Czech)
Photogallery (1:58, music only)
Interviews with Elmar Kloss (13:14), Juraj Herz (5:30),
Pavel Taussig (6:53) & Jordan Balurov (5:38, in Czech)
Trailers for "Sametoví vrazi" (3:00, in Czech),
"Milenci a vrazi" (1:00, in Czech), "Blízko nebe" (1:10, in English),
"Kousek nebe" (1:50, in Czech) & "Sluneční stát" (1:51, in Czech)
Production & distribution notes (6 pages, in Czech)

*difference between channels is -79.44 dB (0.01 %)


Criterion Collection (frame 1556)

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Label:  Criterion Collection (USA)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.98 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:06:17.04

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.16 / 7.47 / 9.56 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 1.0 / 160 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

US theatrical trailer (2:20)
6-page booklet (in English)


Intermedio (frame 682)

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Label:  Intermedio (Spain)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.86 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:00:43.05

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  5.06 / 6.31 / 8.43 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Spanish

Menus available in: Spanish


Special features:
 

  • "Not the Six Million But the One,"
    an essay by Ján Kadár (8 pages, in Spanish)
  • Cast & crew (4 pages, in Spanish)
  • Bio & filmographies (in Spanish)
    • Ján Kadár (6 pages)
    • Elmar Klos (5 pages)
    • Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos (6 pages)
  • Bibliography (14 pages, in Spanish)
  • Other films & collections available
    • "Colección La Primavera de Praga" (2 pages)
      • "Konkurs" (2:53**)
      • "Sedmikrásky" (3:08**)
      • "Intimní osvětlení" (3:15**)
      • "Skřivánci na niti" (2:48**)
      • "Vesničko má středisková" (3:24**)
    • "Colección Jacques Rivette" (2 pages)
    • "Colección Theo Angelopoulos" (1 page)
    • "Colección Aleksandr Sokurov" (1 page)
    • Other films (1 page)
    • DVD credits (0:24, in Spanish)

  • 6-page booklet (in Spanish)

Notes: 
First, let's compare the two R2 (reminds me of R2D2 ;-)) editions, because - well - they're virtually identical in terms of picture quality. This one seems to be marginally brighter, shows a smidgen more information on the right & at the bottom, and that's it! It's strange then, that the cue blip in frame 140886 is not present in the older Czech release (frame 140636 - note, however, it's sort of "jagged" (see e.g. the lamp shade in the upper-left corner) - possibly a side-effect of the cue blip "removal").

Now, let's see what Criterion's got to offer - the transfer, while heavily cropped at the top & especially on the left, shows a little more picture on the other two sides. Fortunately, the "infamous" cropping is the DVD's only disadvantage. The fact that (according to the cover) "the transfer was created from a 35 mm fine-grain composite master positive made from the original negative" (as opposed to the who-knows-which-generation positive copy utilised for the PAL discs) makes a huge difference! The level of detail we see here is simply extraordinary - where Bonton / Intermedio display just uniform areas in the shades of grey, Criterion shows depth & texture, with perhaps the best example being Mrs. Lautmann's shirt in frame 116254 - terrific!

(And again - the cue blip in frame 176917; it's strange that while undertaking such a tremendous restoration job, Criterion let the blemish pass unmitigated...)

As a side-note, in the interview on Bonton's DVD, Elmar Kloss (the son, spelled with an extra "s") recalls an amusing story about how his father, Ján Kadár, Jozef Kroner & Ida Kamińská - none of them speaking English - improvised when accepting the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film in 1966. It's a pity the footage of that event didn't make it to any of the three discs - it'd have been a great extra, I think...

*difference between channels is -50.79 dB (0.29 %)
**in Czech with burnt-in Spanish subtitles


Second Run / Blu-ray (frame 634)

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Label:  Second Run Ltd. (UK)

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

Disc type:  BD50 (the data occupy 43.36 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:05:24.21

Video:  MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24
Aspect ratio:  1.38:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.00 / 34.96 / 59.02 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Slovak LPCM 2.0 mono* / 2,304 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

  • An appreciation by Michael Brooke
    (40:02, MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1,001, in English LPCM 2.0 / 1,536 kbps)
  • Original US Press Kit (22 pages, in English)

  • 20-page booklet (in English)

Notes: 
Special thanks to LeoH, a regular @ the Zóna discussion board, for making this comparison possible! (c:

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

*difference between channels is -141.47 dB (0.00 %)


The Czech Film Foundation / Blu-ray (frame 791)

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Label:  The Czech Film Foundation (Czech Republic)

Region:  A, B & C (?)
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  BD-R25 (the data occupy 20.83 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  2:07:04.13

Video:  MPEG-2, 1080p24/1,001
Aspect ratio:  1.37:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.57 / 22.01 / 32.39 Mbps

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Audio:
 

Slovak Dolby Digital 1.0 / 384 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: None

Special features:
 

None

Notes: 
"The Shop on Main Street" has recently been restored in 4K, but as of writing my review this version is only available on a bare-bones BD-R as a "perk" for the supporters of Bijáky.cz, a.k.a. The Czech Film Foundation.

The older [not restored] Second Run edition - while a big improvement over the then state-of-the-art Criterion DVD - is clearly inferior to even the bit-starved MPEG-2 rendition of Bijáky's new master.
     My only complaint against the latter would be that it's too perfect - too clean & sterile, but I guess that's down to the poor encode which just can't resolve the fine grain one catches glimpses of in the few places where it's not been completely obliterated. Fingers crossed for a proper Blu-ray release, ideally in time for Christmas! ;-)

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

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