Athanor (frame 1231)

Athanor

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Wednesday 03rd July 2019, 09:55:24 PM

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Label:  Athanor (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.46 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:22:56.15

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.33:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.24 / 4.99 / 9.37 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps

Subtitles: English*

Menus available in: Czech & English


Special features:
 

  • Photogallery (0:57, 19 stills)
  • Poster (0:30)
  • "New Eroticism" (12 pages, in Czech & English)
  • Director's introduction (2 pages, in Czech & English)
  • Theme (3 pages, in Czech & English)
  • Synopsis (2, resp. 3 pages, in Czech & English)
  • DVD-ROM features
    • Hi-res poster
    • "New Eroticism" (PDF, 5, resp. 6 pages, in Czech & English)
    • Director's introduction (PDF, 1 page, in Czech & English)
    • Theme (PDF, 2 pages, in Czech & English)
    • Synopsis (PDF, 1, resp. 2 pages, in Czech & English)

Notes: Only available in "The Films of Jan Švankmajer" 6-disc set,
together with:



*the subtitles are enabled by default when you choose
the English menu, but contain only two entries:
1
00:00:49,527 --> 00:00:54,078
CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE
2
00:07:36,487 --> 00:07:38,603
Sunday


Athanor / Blu-ray (frame 1231)

Athanor / Blu-ray

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Wednesday 24th July 2019, 10:42:13 PM

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Label:  Athanor (Czech Republic)

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

Disc type:  BD25 (the data occupy 17.84 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:26:23.23

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.00 / 24.92 / 43.92 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 640 kbps

Subtitles: English*

Menus available in: Czech & English


Special features:
 

  • Photogallery (0:57, 19 stills)
  • Poster (0:35)**
  • "New Eroticism" (12 pages, in Czech & English)
  • Director's introduction (2 pages, in Czech & English)
  • Theme (3 pages, in Czech & English)
  • Synopsis (2 pages, in Czech & English)

(Unless noted otherwise, all extras are MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24/1.001.)

Notes: Only available in "The Films of Jan Švankmajer" 7-disc set, together with:



This Blu-ray collection was one of the perks for the supporters of Švankmajer's Indiegogo campaign intended for co-financing his ultimate film, "Hmyz" ("Insect"), and it's not commercially available at the time of this writing.

I suspect my impressions of these Blu-rays are going to be somewhat repetitive, meaning PQ excellent, pity about the lossy (but otherwise flawless) audio...

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

*the subtitles are enabled by default when you choose
the English menu, but contain only two entries:
1
00:00:51,385 --> 00:00:56,139
CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE
2
00:07:55,725 --> 00:07:57,936
Sunday

**I failed to locate the hi-res version of the poster advertised in the clip:



Columbia Video (frame 1157)

Columbia Video

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 27th December 2018, 04:33:43 PM

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Label:  Columbia Video (Japan)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.27 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:26:27.10

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  5.45 / 6.01 / 6.43 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech* Dolby Digital 2.0 / 384 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: Japanese


Special features:
 

  • Trailer (1:10)
  • "Art Animation" trailers
    • "Alice" (1:03, in English with burnt-in Japanese subtitles)
    • "Anthology of Short Films by Jan Švankmajer" (0:31)
    • "Faust" (0:48)
    • "Conspirators of Pleasure" (0:52)
    • "The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb" (1:43, in English)

Notes: 
Not much to say about these two (the second being the below Kino release). This one features progressive transfer, while the Kino version suffers from nasty fieldblending artefacts, so that's 1 point for Columbia. On the other hand, Columbia's opening title sequence has got all the naughty bits obscured (as can be seen in the picture below), so that's 1 point for Kino.

OVERALL: Draw :-D
(Or choose what's important for you.)


*there's no dialogue in this film, however, there are a few places where you can hear e.g. TV news in the background, and these are in Czech


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Kino International

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 05th April 2018, 12:02:44 AM

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Label:  Kino International (USA)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.20 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:22:39.24

Video:  NTSC (fieldblended from PAL source)
Aspect ratio:  1.32:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  3.18 / 5.69 / 7.10 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech* Dolby Digital 2.0 / 192 kbps

Subtitles: None

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

Short film "Food" (16:34)

*there's no dialogue in this film, however, there are a few places where you can hear e.g. TV news in the background, and these are in Czech


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Moskwood Media

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Last modified on Thursday 27th December 2018, 04:33:43 PM

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Label:  Moskwood Media (The Netherlands)

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

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 6.03 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:22:42.00

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  5.25 / 8.91 / 10.00 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech* Dolby Digital 2.0 / 224 kbps

Subtitles: Dutch, German, English, French, Italian, Spanish,
Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Polish,
Slovenian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Hungarian & Maltese**

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

Short film
  • "Žvahlav aneb Šatičky Slaměného Huberta" ("Jabberwocky,"
    13:20, in Czech & English with optional English subtitles)

*there's no dialogue in this film, however, there are a few places where you can hear e.g. TV news in the background, and these are in Czech
**this sure put a smile on my face:


because, as I already mentioned, there's no dialogue in the film. The following is a sample of the only entry each subtitle stream's got:

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SPI Video (frame 887)

SPI Video

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 05th April 2018, 12:02:44 AM

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Label:  SPI Video (Poland)

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

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 4.37 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:22:44.01

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


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  5.96 / 7.00 / 7.96 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech* Dolby Surround / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Polish**

Menus available in: Polish


Special features:
 

DVD catalogue (70 pages, in Polish)

*there's no dialogue in this film, however, there are a few places where you can hear e.g. TV news in the background, and these are in Czech
**the subtitle stream's got just one entry - the translation of the film title

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